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 »
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.


Mr. Balik from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Choosing to be Great Through Roald Dahl

My students need their own copy of James and the Giant Peach to enjoy their first, rich novel study. The pencil sharpener and markers will supplement our engagement with the text.

  • $357 goal

This project expired on May 20, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Choose to be Great" is a phrase that has often been taught to my students this year. They've discovered through their hard work that the choices they make in the classroom and in life help determine where they end up. The supplies from this project will be a great reward for a these eager learners.

My students face a plethora of challenges on a daily basis.

Our school is in a low-income, minority neighborhood and is rated as one of the worst schools in our city. They've been let down year after year by teachers that have passed them on without giving them the necessary tools to succeed. Education has traditionally been a source of frustration instead of a pathway to success for my students. However, my students have shown a tremendous amount of grit this year in overcoming these obstacles. We've grown together as a family through many struggles but even more successes. Despite their lives outside of school that would make many fear leaving their homes, I've discovered just how truly amazing each one of my students is. Their unique personalities and general curiosity and drive to succeed continually motivate me to provide them with the education that they fully deserve.

My Project

My students have rarely had the opportunity to hold, let alone read, and brand-new book. I cannot wait to see their eyes light up when I pass each student a fresh, crisp copy of a book that I thoroughly enjoyed myself as a fourth grader. In order to truly transform my students into lifelong readers and learners, opportunities such as holding a brand-new book and actively studying a novel such as "James and the Giant Peach" are critical. The pencil sharpener and dry erase markers are supplies that will supplement our engagement with the text. Everyone needs and deserves a proper writing tool, which the pencil sharpener will help supply. Additionally, we frequently use dry erase markers with miniature white boards in class to increase the fun of our learning activities.

My kids don't have much in terms of material belongings and they face challenges every day, inside and outside of school, that many people only see on television or read about in the paper.

However, each and every one of them is a vital, contributing member of our classroom. They are unbelievably amazing individuals that deserve every opportunity to learn and succeed in this world. I know in my heart that the funding of this project will make a lasting impact on the lives of these kids.

Mr. Balik
Grades 3-5
Nearly all 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

9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 30 students.

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 Mr. Balik is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
James and the Giant Peach • AKJ Books $5.10 35 $178.50
X-ACTO School Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener • $41.39 1 $41.39
Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers Chisel Point, Assorted Colors, 16-Color Set • $14.99 3 $44.97

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


8 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":"New Orleans","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[1812012],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"LA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"his","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":988707,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":30,"teacherScreenName":"Mr. Balik","authorIds":{"1812012":{"owner":"Mr. Balik","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[988707],"proposalHash":"-1990122801","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":287974,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTgxNTU1Mw==","MTY0MjQ0Mg==","MTQ0MzIz","MTgxNTQ1Ng==","MTgxNTUxNA==","MTgxNTM5Ng==","MTUyMDIwNA==","NDQyODky","MTgxNTM4OQ=="],"teacherId":1812012,"schoolCounty":"Orleans","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"LA","name":"Louisiana"}}