The 2nd annual Crayons to Calculators Corporate Challenge attracted thirty-one corporations
who provided backpacks of school supplies, loose supplies, cash and employee volunteers
to help assemble backpacks. These corporate contributions enabled Crayons to Calculators
to provide backpacks of school supplies valued at $52,695 to 889 students.
to substantial support from sponsors like Boulder Rotary Club, Western Disposal Services,
Corporate Express, Boulder County Business Report, the Camera, the Times-Call, MOD
Moms North and donations from thousands of community members and corporations, last
month Crayons to Calculators provided over 4,812 backpacks of school supplies to
economically disadvantaged students in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain school districts.
Hooray to all of our generous and dedicated Moms who made this possible!! Here is
our own Shannon Knobel, picking up the award given to MOD Moms North for our incredible
donation of backpacks.
CRAYONS TO CALCULATORS ANNOUNCES 2009 CORPORATE CHALLENGE WINNERS
Crayons to Calculators, a collaboration of non-profit organizations that provides
school supplies to Boulder Valley students in need, announced the winners for the
2009 Crayons to Calculators Corporate Challenge at a celebration honoring all 38
participants at the Western Disposal Services headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.
MOD Moms North and Chavez Calibrations International, Inc. were awarded trophies
for providing the most assistance and the most assistance as a percentage of the
employee population, respectively.
Corporate Challenge: Each summer Crayons to Calculators engages local businesses
to support its mission by participating in a fun contest to raise awareness and school
supplies for our public schools. In 2009, nearly 49 businesses donated close to 800
backpacks full of much need school supplies over 5,900 students!
Each business designs its own participation using many creative methods. In October,
trophies are presented to the top producing businesses at celebration party.
MOD Moms North President, Shannon Knobel, accepts the trophy
for "Overall Winner" trophy for MOD Moms North. Thanks to all of the MOD Moms that
donated to make this happen!
On Thursday, October 14, 2010 Crayons to Calculators proudly hosted their Corporate
Challenge Celebration at Western Disposal Services’ corporate headquarters in Boulder,
Colorado. On hand were many of the 2010 Corporate Challenge participants as well
as Crayons to Calculators Collaborative Partners and Corporate Sponsors.
MOD Moms North won the "Overall Winner" trophy for the second year in a row! We were
the largest contributor with donating over 200 backpacks.
Crayons to Calculators is a community-wide school supply drive created in 2005 by
Impact on Education as a collaboration between Boulder and Broomfield county nonprofits
to coordinate the efforts of multiple nonprofits in addressing the back-to-school
needs of more than thousands of Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and St. Vrain
Valley School District (SVVSD) students from low-income families. The goal of the
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 call on its partners and communities to fulfill the needs
of nearly 7,000 students in need.
Thanks to all of the MOD Moms that donated supplies and their time to make this happen!
MOD Moms helping those affected by the Superior Fire
We have opened and successfully completed the Superior Fire Store to support the
families who lost their home in August, supplying them with furnishings, household
items, clothes, and meals. The amount of outpouring was phenomenal. Everything
we had left over has gone on to help support the Boulder Fire Store in their efforts
to support the families affected by the Four Mile Fire.
We had a very successful 2010 Holiday Shopping Extravaganza! We would like to thank
all the vendors for participating! A big thank you to everyone that came out to support
this event. Visit the Shopping Extravaganza page for a list of vendors.
Impact on Education Silent Auction 2010
We have received over 100 items for our Silent Auction and raised over $10,000 for
Impact for Education! Thanks to the businesses for their generous donations. Check
out the Impact for Education Silent Auction page for more information! Our help
was life- changing to the foundation, as well as the over 8,000 students who benefited
from our fundraising.
Crayons to Calculators Corporate Challenge 2010
Mod Moms North does it again! We have won the Overall Winner Trophy for the Corporate
Challenge. Check out the slide show from the Celebration party.
MOD Moms and Santa’s House 2011
MOD Moms North partnered with Santa’s House this year to lead the Baked Goods and
Craft Sale. We were extremely successful and provided over 100 craft items and 2000
baked good items to sell at the event. We raised over $445 dollars for local Boulder
charities. Thank you to everyone who helped with this event!
Crayons to Calculators Silent Auction 2011
MOD Moms held a Charity Auction on September 24th, 2011 and raised over $7000! All
money raised went to Crayons to Calculators to purchase school supplies and classrooms
supplies throughout the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley School Districts. Thank you
for all those that secured donations, gave donations and attended the auction. Over
100 people attended!
Crayons to Calculators Campaign 2011
Once again, generous communities across the Front Range have come together to provide
backpacks filled with basic school supplies for 8,000 students of the Boulder Valley
and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. Take a few minutes to view this video clip
that shows why we do what we do for the students. You can see some of our very own
MOD Moms stuffing back packs!
Mod Moms of Denver North collect funds for Superior family who lost home
Late last month, the Ullman family was met with a blanket of smoke when a fire started
in their Rock Creek home at 3929 South Torrey's Peak Drive in Superior.
Weeks later, Mod Moms of Denver North -- an organization founded by mothers for mothers
-- has wrapped "a warm blanket" around Cindy Ullman's family, she said Tuesday, Oct.
2, and she's grateful for it.
Ullman and her husband Jeff moved to Superior last July with two teenage sons from
southern California. The Ullmans have four adult children as well.
"We've loved it (here) since then. And it's not just the weather, it's the people,"
Jeff Ullman said. "The people have been really, really nice. And really has about
eight Ls in it."
Cindy joined Mod Moms as a means to meet people when her daughter Lexi McDermott,
a Mod Mom and Superior resident, encouraged Ullman to join.
The organization is 476-strong and is a mothers' club serving Superior, Louisville,
Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette and Erie. The club is for women on varying paths of
motherhood -- from the woman trying to get pregnant to women with children of all
Cindy said she had only been a member of Mod Moms since this past summer and participated
in some of the group activities before the fire took her home, Sunday, Sept. 23.
"It was a case where only one smoke detector went off out of three stories," she
said, adding that her husband told her to get out of the house while he woke his
son. The Ullman's other boy was in the mountain at the time of the fire. "I couldn't
see. It was like a blanket of fog. I just held on to the banister and stumbled out.
You really don't have time to do anything, just flee."
After the fire started, four other Mod Mom families were evacuated from their homes
on Torrey's Peak Drive as a precautionary measure, said Mod Moms of Denver North
founder Shannon Knobel.
Since then, the organization has stepped up to collect funds for the Ullman family,
to replace immediate needs.
"So far, we've collected cash and gift card donations. At this point, that's where
the need is. It's literally an envelope at a time," Knobel said.
Cindy said another Mod Mom let her sons -- freshman and sophomore at Monarch High
School -- borrow laptops and the school's administration has been understanding and
The Ullmans have renters insurance, but it will unlikely cover everything they lost.
Cindy said her family will move into an apartment at the Horizons at Rock Creek complex
Wednesday, Oct. 3, until they can find a rental home in Superior.
"We're all thrown fast balls and we need to swing fast," Cindy said.
The Ullmans are in immediate need of a car because theirs was destroyed in the fire
and they are renting one for now.
The organization has also provided the family with dinners through its "Sunshine
for Mod Moms" meal delivery service, which the organization offers to new Mod Mom
mothers and also to families experiencing a crisis.
This is certainly not the first time Mod Moms has stepped up to lend a hand.
They reached out when a Superior condominium complex caught fire in August 2010 at
2855 Rock Creek Circle.
Knobel's living room doubles as a donation center to house the items the group has
collected for school drives supporting Impact on Education. The organization also
hosts donation drives quarterly to collect food for area food banks and supports
local philanthropic efforts.
Coincidentally, Mod Moms was hosting one of its largest fundraisers of the year in
Superior on the night the Ullmans' house caught fire. The group raised $6,000 for
Impact on Education, Knobel said.
"Obviously, when something happens in our community, we try to jump up and help,"
Those interested in donating should email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook
the group at "modmomsnorth."