You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Mrs. Avcollie from Terryville CT is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

Help me give my students the DSLR camera and memory cards we need to support the engagement of our budding photojournalists.

  • $997 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our Newspaper club includes mixed levels and abilities including special education students, a large range of academic abilities and many students who come from a struggling homes. Sometimes, they have trouble just getting here. When they do attend they are extremely disengaged. They often struggle with their classes and even getting to class on time. All students deserve learning opportunities and access to information to help them become successful, contributing members of society. My students need help finding a way to engage in activities that will keep them connected to what we are doing at school.

They take pride in their successes in the face of many challenges.

With this in mind, I seek new ways to foster excitement to help them achieve. I hope to increase engagement and attendance for our school newspaper by getting a new camera for our club. My students often feel frustrated and disenchanted that our current cameras are outdated and they often find themselves using their phones to shoot events when our old cameras go out of service. I want to build our staff and my students' sense of how they connect to the larger world by fostering their love of photography.

My Project

In Newspaper club, my students are noticeably more engaged when we highlight their articles with photos. In our club, we are the voice of the student body. Newspaper is a place students can voice their opinions, ideas, and ideals. The use of photography and learning about how to use the camera will increase the engagement not just of the newspaper staff, but of our entire school. With this camera, multiple students can highlight important moments in real time, giving heightened emotion to a piece and punctuating the publications with emotions.

Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words, and the right photo goes a long way in generating emotions and engaging students.

This is what my student photojournalists are learning to do - to capture the moment in image. Their images can tell a story. Newspaper club increases engagement and gives students the chance to capture these moments at school. They learn to have an eye for these moments, to capture them, and to present them in print.

Mrs. Avcollie
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Avcollie is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera And 18-55mm Lens Kit W/ Total of 48 GB Memory Card + Telephoto & Wideangle Lens + Xpix Lens Handling Accessories with Basic Bundle • Amazon Business $789.95 1 $789.95
SanDisk 64GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card SDSDUNC-064G-GN6IN • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


5 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


match offer


Match offer toward project cost


Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Terryville","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[6041919],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CT","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":4,"name":"High School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3748963,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":400,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Avcollie","authorIds":{"6041919":{"owner":"Mrs. Avcollie","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3748963],"proposalHash":"-1838859615","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21310827,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NjEzMjAzNw==","NTE1MDE3Nw==","MjM3MTk3Mg==","NjA0MTkxOQ==","NTk0NTMyNA==","NjEyMjEzNw=="],"teacherId":6041919,"schoolCounty":"Litchfield","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CT","name":"Connecticut"}}