Crayons to Calculators organizers encourage community members to pack backpacks for St. Vrain Valley students

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By The Staff

LONGMONT – More than 9,000 children in the St. Vrain Valley School District are on the federal lunch assistance program, a common indicator of family poverty. Many of these children routinely start school without basic school supplies for learning.  

Last year, through the Crayons to Calculators program, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley provided about 4,200 backpacks to ensure that an increasing number of our students have the supplies they need to succeed.

This year’s goal is to provide at least 4,500 backpacks to St. Vrain Valley students in need at all grade levels by the time school starts in August. Community support for this program is critical, organizers say. 

Crayons to Calculators invites businesses, organizations, and community members to come and volunteer throughout the month of July. Foundation members will be organizing school supplies and packing backpacks for elementary, middle, and high school students in the St. Vrain Valley school district.

Volunteers can sign up alone or with a group of up to 20 people. Sign up is done through the VolunteerSpot portal the Education Foundation website, http://www.efsvv.org/programs/crayons-to-calculators. Organizers are encouraging volunteers to sign up as early as possible.  Any inquiries or questions should go to the 2014 Summer Intern, Jessica Goldberg. She can be reached by email at jessica.efsvv@gmail.com or by phone at 707-494-5117. 

The Crayons to Calculators program started in 2005 as 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 9,000 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 15,000 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.