Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                September 30, 2002

Crayons to Computers Recognized for Innovation

(Columbus)- Crafts with Conviction, a partnership that began in 1998 between the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and Crayons to Computers, a free store for teachers serving underprivileged Cincinnati area schools, has been awarded the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovations.  This award is given each year to a nonprofit organization in recognition of a program that has made a difference in the lives of other people. 

“Our partnership with Crayons to Computers, specifically Crafts with Conviction, has always been mutually beneficial and aligns directly with our mission of rehabilitation,” explained DRC Director Reginald A. Wilkinson.  “By participating in this award winning program, offenders are given a unique opportunity to give something back to the community.”

Crafts with Conviction produced teaching aides valued at over $1.6 million in fiscal year 2002.  Offenders from 24 institutions transformed donated paper, felt and other materials into educational supplies such as flashcards, journals, maps, pocketed chair back covers, geo boards, hall passes and more. 

As a recipient of the award, Crayons to Computers will receive a $25,000 prize, and a short documentary video will be made about the program.  For more information about Crayons to Computers, please contact Shannon Carter, President and CEO, at (513) 482-7095. 

For more information about DRC community service projects, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.