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LONGMONT — The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, through the Crayons to Calculators program, announced earlier this month that free backpacks full of basic school supplies are available at all local public schools for students in need.
Parents and students should contact their individual schools to obtain backpacks.
The Crayons to Calculators program, started in 2005, is a collaborative annual school supply drive sponsored by Western Disposal, with support from Staples, local businesses, churches and non-profit organizations and thousands of individuals. This year it is gearing up to provide approximately 10,000 school supply backpacks in total to students in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley public schools in August. Together, the two school districts have more than 16,000 students on the federal lunch assistance program, a common indicator of family poverty.
Crayons to Calculators is a collaborative partnership between Impact on Education, I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Sister Carmen Community Center, Foothills United Way, and the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley for the benefit of the Boulder Valley and the St. Vrain Valley school district. Last year, Crayons to Calculators provided about 9,000 students with a backpack of school supplies.