Community-Wide Family Mitzvah Project

The Boulder Jewish community is sponsoring a “Crayons to Calculators” school supply drive and we need your help!

With the high costs of school supplies, purchasing supplies presents challenges to many economically disadvantaged families in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts. The goal of this project is to increase community support of children in need and ensure that all students start school with the supplies they need to succeed. For the 2010-11 school year, the program will fulfill the needs of nearly 7,000 students!

How Can You Help?

Through the generosity of the 18 Pomegranates Foundation and the Oreg Foundation, we are able to purchase backpacks! We are asking for your help in filling these backpacks with supplies.

There are three ways you can help:

  • When shopping with your child for school supplies, please purchase supplies to fill a backpack, OR you can purchase a non-gender specific backpack to donate along with the school supplies (list of supplies is below).
  • If you don’t have time to shop, please consider a donation and we’ll shop for you! Please send a tax-deductible check to: Crayons to Calculators project, c/o Boulder JCC, 3800 Kalmia Ave., Boulder, CO 80301. Check should be made payable to Boulder JCC.
  • Volunteers from the community are needed to help stuff, organize and distribute packs during the first two weeks of August. For information on volunteering, go to

Supply List
(Grades 3, 4 & 5)

Please note: All items should be non-gender specific!

–Durable new backpack (optional)
–Pencil box or pouch (1)
–Mechanical pencils (2)
–#2 Pencils (6)
–Colored pencils, 8 or more in pack (1)
–Pink erasers (2)
–Twin Pocket Folders (5)
–Glue 4 oz. plastic bottle (1)
–Glue Sticks (2)
–Markers, washable 8 or more in pack (1)
–Scissors, 5″ pointed (1)
–Wide-ruled Spiral Notebook (2)
–Wide-ruled Paper Package (1)
–Pens (3)
–Highlighter-package (1)
–Calculator (1)
–Ruler (1)

If you’d like a tax deductible receipt, please complete the following information: your name, company or group name, address, phone & email address. Please place the information either in the front pocket of the donated backpack or in your bag of supplies. Thank you!!

Thank You & Backpack Stuffing Ice Cream Social!

After purchasing your items, please drop them off at our ice cream social on Monday, Aug. 2, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Boulder JCC, 3800 Kalmia Ave. We’ll need your help stuffing the packs and then we’ll enjoy ice cream and ice pops.

If you can’t make it on Aug. 2, please drop off your items between July 21 and August 2 at one of our community drop-off locations.

Thank you so much to the generous sponsors of this project:

Boulder JCC
18 Pomegranates
Oreg Foundation
Allied Jewish Federation
Congregation Har HaShem
Chabad Jewish Center of Longmont
Kehilath Aish Kodesh
Congregation Nevei Kodesh
Tuv Ha’Aretz

Questions? Contact Shari Blake Schnee at, or 303-998-1900, ext. 106.

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