Back to School: Community donates school supplies to Crayons to Classroom

DAYTON — Wednesday was the WHIO Backpack Givepack event where with the help of Crayons to Classrooms, Morris Home and Ashley Homestores, and our WHIO viewers; school supplies will be donated to students.

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News Center 7′s Haley Kosik was at the Kroger in West Carrollton where people dropped off donations there and at the Kroger in Huber Heights.

Some of the donated supplies include notebooks, pencils, pens, glue sticks, and supplies.

Donna Bitcko of Centerville wishes there was something like this when she was a substitute teacher.

“Little children would come up to me and they would need a pencil and so usually I would bring some with me to class,” she said.

Donors say its a small price to pay but worth every penny to help students succeed.

“People walk by and they ask, ‘what we are doing,’ because they don’t know,” said Malena Jackson, Crayons to Classroom Marketing Coordinator. “20 minutes later, they’re coming out with a bag full of things from Kroger.”

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These donations were loaded up into a truck and went to the Crayons to Classrooms warehouse which serves 120 schools in the Miami Valley, 2,000 teachers and 46,000 students.

“Our mission is to secure and distribute school supplies at no cost to the teachers or students in need in the Miami Valley,” Jackson said.

One woman donated 70 backpacks Wednesday while others donated what they could.

“I got one kid and we go to church every Sunday and they gave us extra school supplies,” one donor said. “I bought school supplies, her daddy bought school supplies. So I’m like, I’ll just share.”

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