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CINCINNATI -- Making sure a classroom has everything it needs to help students succeed can be expensive for teachers but one local nonprofit is stepping in to help Cincinnati educators.

Crayons to Computers is opening its Free Store for Cincinnati-area teachers on Monday. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

C2C said its goal is to get school supplies into the hands of needy children across the city.

The organization said it remodeled its space over the same to make room for more supplies.

"We are thrilled to have a newly remodeled store not only for a new look, but also because it has allows us to put more product on our shelves and into the hands of teachers and students,” C2C President and CEO Susan Frankel said in a release.

The group said it distributed more than $12.3 million worth of supplies to more than 500 schools and 105,000 children during the 2012-2013 school year.

In order to qualify, educators must be lead classroom teachers or preschool program directors employed at a school where at least 60 percent of the students qualify for the USDA’s National School Lunch Program and are located in one of the 16 counties included in C2C's service area.

The organization said there are 230 K-12 schools and 60 preschools that qualify for the 2013-2014 school year.

For more information, call 513-482-3290 or go to: www.crayons2computers.org .

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