We want all children to have a chance at a good education­. But for many families in our community, the cost of basic school supplies—over $75 per student­—can be a real hardship, and some students have to go without.

Crayons to Calculators works to close the achievement gap that persists between low-income students and their higher-income peers by helping with these costs. Each school year, they ask our help to fill 11,000 backpacks for local preschool through high school students across the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.

There are several ways you can help support the Crayons to Calculators drive. You can donate a backpack. Go to the website at crayonstocalculators.org, download the supplies list and go shopping. Or you can volunteer to help stuff backpacks.

Of course, you can also send a personal check to Crayons to Calculators – 721 Front Street, Suite A, Louisville, CO 80027. You will receive a receipt for your tax deductible gift.

There are over 15,000 students from economically challenged families who can use our help. Watch facebook.com/crayonstocalculators for updates.