Crayons2Calculators – Press Release

Here is the press release distributed to local media with a wrap-up of the Crayons2Calculators campaign. This was a collaboration of several Durham Clubs. Tammi Brooks and Past President Newman Aguiar were part of the leadership team that put the effort together. Last week in her update at the meeting Tammi told a story of a gentleman who pulled all the money out of his wallet in front of the Office Depot. I happened to be there too and his story of how a Rotary scholarship to study abroad in France had changed his life from one of privilege to one of service. A lot of kids in Durham will never have that kind of an opportunity but we can make sure that they have the basic tools like pencils and paper to start them on the path to being literate and productive citizens.  Be sure to scan the list of Community Partners and at the end of the release and consider them for your needs.

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DURHAM,N.C.- More than 90 Durham-area organizations are expected to contribute in excess of $20,000 in school supplies as part of a record-breaking summer drive byDurhamarea Rotary Clubs and local non-profit Crayons2Calculators to help county schoolchildren begin the new year properly equipped.

As the campaign wraps up, it has already recorded more than $18,600 in crayons, notebooks, glue sticks and other school supplies donated during the month-long, countywide initiative which culminated August 18 with “Fill that Bus!” Durhamresidents filled an entire school bus with supplies. “Fill that Bus!” is a community project coordinated by the fourDurhamarea Rotary Clubs in partnership with Crayons2Calculators.

As the broader campaign to equip school kids properly now winds down, Rotarians continue to work with Crayons2Calculators (C2C) to tally up remaining supplies expected to exceed $20,000 in value.  Rotary International provided $6,000 in cash, which was part of a District Simplified Grant byDurham’s four area Rotary clubs to support the initiative and underscore their enhanced efforts to fight illiteracy. The campaign also yielded an additional $745 in cash donations fromDurhamresidents and organizations.  Students atDukeUniversityare continuing the campaign by collecting supplies in bins located in the student dormitories.

The campaign was coordinated by Rotarians in the Southwest Durham Rotary Club, led by club President Joyce McKinney.

“This has been an amazingly successful campaign, the biggest in C2C’s history,” says Amy Cummings, Executive Director of Crayons2Calculators, in response to the overwhelming support received during this campaign.  “With Rotary’s continued support, we will soon fulfill C2C’s vision that all teachers in Durham Public Schools have access to all the supplies they need to educate the next generation.  A lack of supplies should never limit the educational experiences of our children.”

The previous record of $5,500 set last year, was also held by theDurhamarea Rotary clubs.

Cummings described how Rotary mobilized a group of people who engaged others in the community to get resources into our public schools to help educate our children.  Every individual effort contributed to the campaign’s success– from buying extra supplies, agreeing to host a collection bin, delivering or picking up bins overflowing with supplies, loading supplies into the bus, or unloading and organizing supplies at the Crayons2Calculators warehouse.

Supplies are critical to promoting literacy within the school system but take second place to food.  More than 60 percent of students in Durham Public Schools qualify for free and reduced lunch.  In 80 percent ofDurham’s elementary schools, more than half of students qualify for free and reduced lunch.  Those families simply are not able to provide adequate supplies for their children or their classrooms and may come from households living in poverty that cannot provide school supplies.  “The overwhelming success of this campaign demonstrates thatDurhamresidents recognize how important it is for all students to have adequate school supplies,” says Newman Aguiar, Assistant District Governor for the Rotary area.  “C2C addresses a critical need in our community. The incredible generosity that was so evident throughout this campaign confirms theDurhamcommunity’s desire to support our teachers and students and ensure that they have the best opportunity to succeed in school.”

For more information on the campaign, visit:

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Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.

Crayons2Calculators (C2C) is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to serve the educational and creative needs ofDurhamstudents.  C2C believes that a first-class education prepares students to be the next generation of active citizens, good parents, and community leaders. To ensure that allDurhamstudents have equal access to educational resources, Crayons2Calculators operates a warehouse store that provides school supplies toDurhamteachers for free.

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Community Partners (in alphabetical order):

1520 Magnolia Apartments

501 Realty


American Red Cross

Bahama Churches

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Brent Blaylock, DDS

Cardinal State Bank

Caring House

City ofDurham

City ofDurhamDept of Community Development

City ofDurhamOffice of Economic and Workforce Development

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control


Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation



Crossfit Durham

Duke Corporate Education

Duke Faculty Club


Duke University Press

Duke University Real Estate

DukeUniversity’s Office ofDurhamand Regional Affairs

Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership

DurhamArts Council

DurhamChamber of Commerce

DurhamConvention & Visitors Bureau

DurhamConvention Center


Durham Mother’s Club

Durham Police Department

Durham Public Schools

DurhamRegional Association of Realtors

DurhamRotary Club

DurhamSunriseRotary Club

DurhamTechnicalCommunity College

Eaton Corporation

Elmo’s Diner

Empower Personal Training

Fidelity Bank

First Presbyterian

Guglhupf Cafe, Bakery and Patisserie

Gymboree Play & Music

Healing Waters, Healing Hands

Hedrick, Murray, Bryson, Kennett & Mauch

Hollow Rock Swim and Racquet Club

Hutchings & Hutchings

Independent Weekly

Investors Trust Company

James A. Hoke, DDS

Joe’s Diner

Kramden Institute, Inc.

Liquidia Technologies


McPherson, Rocomora, Nicholson & Nordgren

Merrill Lynch

Michael Richter, DDS

MorganCreekCapital Management

Museum of Life & Science

NasherMuseumof Art atDukeUniversity

North DurhamRotary Club

Not Just Paper

Office Depot

Parker & Otis

Piper’s Deli

PS International

PSNC Energy

Pulley, Watson,King&Lischer,PA

Rick’s Diner

Roadmark Corporation

Rotary District 7710

Self Help

Sheer Bliss

Smith Breeden

Southcourt Building/Valleyview Building

Southwest DurhamRotary Club

State Employees Credit Union

Stearns Financial

TheForestat Duke

The Kitchen Specialist

The Play House Toy Store

Triangle Orthopaedics Associates

Umstead Pines at Willowhaven Country Club

Walker, Lambe, Rhudy, Costley & Gill

Ward & Smith



Wooden Orthodontics



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