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Dr. Jennifer McBride-Donaldson from Augusta GA is requesting a classroom visitor through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

An Indian Trader and the Early Explorers Visit Southside Elementary

Help me give my students a living history program that will spark their imaginations, stimulate questions, and motivate them to read!

  • $630 goal

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My Students

My students are eager to learn and to involve themselves in new experiences. Many of them have never left their own neighborhood. They seek to learn more about the world whether through books, field trips, or hands-on experiences. For my students, many of whom are struggling readers, textbooks are not only difficult, they stifle curiosity.

Bringing a living history program to our library will move the students beyond the standards to true inquiry.

Give my students new experiences and they come alive--asking questions, wanting to know more, wanting to do more. In the school library, my goal is to get students excited about ideas, people, and places, because then they read to answer their own questions. My students don't have the money to go places and do things, but I can bring the world to them through programs, speakers, and books.

My Project

Mr. Hodges, dressed in character, will bring a traveling history museum to Southside. Second graders will learn Georgia history from the perspective of an Indian trader. A display of authentic "Indian trade goods" accompanies this one-hour program about General James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove. Students will have a chance to literally hold history in their hands.

Dressed as a settler of the Jamestown Colony, Mr. Hodges brings to life early Spanish exploration by DeSoto, Cortes, Ponce de Leon, and the search for the Northwest passage by Henry Hudson.

Third grade students will be able to touch and examine historical artifacts from not only the southeastern tribes of Georgia, but artifacts from the Mayan, Aztec, Inca, and Taino peoples of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (the people who met Columbus). Both programs meet Georgia Standards for Grade 2 and Grade 3 Social Studies.

Donors are welcome to join our program and experience history in an entirely new way! Learn more about Mr. Hodges at

Dr. Jennifer McBride-Donaldson
Grades PreK-2
  • Southside Elementary School
  • Augusta, GA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Scott Hodges; History Through a Looking Glass $498.00

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