Crayons to Computers celebrates 20 years of distributing free school supplies

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Two decades of helping students be prepared for school, 20 years is a big milestone for Crayons to Computers.

With our city's high childhood poverty rate, the need continues to grow.

To put into perspective just how great of an impact this program has in the Tri-State area: They provide basic school supplies for 150,000 students from more than 600 schools.

Teachers from schools that serve 60 percent or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are able to shop at the teacher free store.

Teachers from nearly 200 schools that are just below meeting that criteria, but still need help, are able to volunteer time and in turn get supplies.

For teachers who are buying supplies with money out of their own pocket, this program helps alleviate some of that financial burden.

Since their start back in 1997, Crayons to Computers has given out more than $150 million worth of free supplies, and the need continues to grow.

"To give you an idea, over the last three years alone, we're serving 36 percent more kids, students, than we were just three years ago,” said Crayons to Computers President and CEO Susan Frankel. “To give you a sense, we didn't change our qualifying criteria, our geographic area, or who we serve, it's simply reflecting the growing need across the communities that we're serving."

They have a fundraiser luncheon Thursday to celebrate from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Money raised goes toward buying basic supplies.

For every dollar donated to Crayons to Computers, they are able to turn that into $10 worth of school supplies.

If you'd like to learn more, you can follow this link.

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