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. Erwin from Newark CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Finding Books That Change Your Life!

Help me give my students an opportunity to fall in love with reading non-fiction books like A Long Walk to Water and fiction books like The One and Only Ivan.

  • $500 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students I teach are energetic, eager and curious about the world that we live in. They come from families where both parents have to work , some of them two jobs. The families my students come from are not rich, nor are they middle class. They struggle financially. About 73% of our families are on free and reduced lunch.

My class understands that school and their education is their job, and they also understand that their parents came to America so they could have a better life.

When I look out at the faces of my students, I see a collection of cultures from all over the world: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Burma, Iraq, Pakistan, and India. They comprehend how important school and learning is because it creates a pathway to making a better life for their families.

My Project

Having books that students can disappear in is a teacher's dream. These two books can be life changing to 6th graders who need to read. Non fiction books are difficult "hooks" for 11 year olds , but A Long Walk to Water has an element that hooks students once and for all. It's the same for The One and Only Ivan, as it is great literature.

The reason students think reading is boring is only because they haven't found the right book.

Magic happens when students find the one; the one that makes a difference. It is a teacher's responsibility to expose children to excellent literature. This is an excellent start.

Mrs. Erwin
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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. Erwin is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The One and Only Ivan • AKJ Education $6.29 30 $188.70
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.59 30 $167.70

Materials cost

$356.40

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$32.61

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.35

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$424.36

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$74.89

Total project goal

$499.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$499.25

8 Donors

-$492.19

Donations toward project cost

-$424.36

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$67.83

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Newark","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[3412812],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":4144933,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":1,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/finding-books-that-change-your-life/4144933/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":60,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Erwin","authorIds":{"3412812":{"owner":"Mrs. Erwin","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[4144933],"proposalHash":"367980575","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp3412812_272x272.jpg?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1531196748153","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20712001,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":{"completingDonationAmount":252,"proposalURL":"project/project-vocabulary-increase/5818117/","proposalTitle":"Project Vocabulary Increase!","proposalId":5818117},"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MzQxMjgxMg==","NDU1MTA=","NjEwMjIzOQ==","MTU1NDkyNQ==","NjQ2NzkwMw==","MzUyMDE1OA==","MTg3MTI3Nw==","NjgwNDc4Nw=="],"teacherId":3412812,"schoolCounty":"Alameda","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}