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Ms. Andronik from Norwalk CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Giving Us the Business

My students need 16 books on businesses and their founders for an assignment on the history of successful companies.

  • $533 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

The history of a business really comes alive when you get to know about its founder. I am one of the library media specialists in a large (1700 students) high school. We serve an extremely diverse population; according to one of our feeder elementary schools, students' families speak more than 30 languages at home. Some of our students are able readers; others are struggling. The area is also racially and economically diverse, making these students incredibly challenging, but incredibly rewarding, to work with.

For several years, one of our business teachers has been assigning his classes a report on a company -- not on how its stock is doing, but on who founded it and why, and on whatever unique element has made that company successful (or, in some cases, not). I have been gradually adding materials to the collection, but Business is just one of many departments the library media center must purchase resources for, so the expansion of this portion of the collection has been slow, albeit steady. This particular teacher and I have been talking about expanding and intensifying his company histories project.

To support this project, I would like to purchase a larger number of company/business leader-related books than I would ordinary place in an annual book order. I am requesting some of these titles in this proposal. Some are longer titles written for adults; others are intended for a younger audience but are appropriate for struggling readers in the class. Added to what my library media center already owns, and what I am ordering through our budget, this should provide our business students with a solid basis on which to begin their research into companies and their founders.

Many of us use Google every time we sit down at a computer -- but seldom do we consider that, for Google to exist, someone (or, in this case, two someones) had to dream it up and make it happen. We eat Wendys hamburgers, sip Coca-Cola, and shop at Target. All of these companies began with an idea. This project will encourage students to keep in mind that, in the backstory of the myriad things they see and use every day, there lies a person with a unique vision and the drive to make that vision a reality.

Ms. Andronik
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Business Builders in Sweets and Treats Nathan Aaseng • Barnes and Noble $22.45 1 $22.45
Business Builders in Fast Food Nathan Aaseng, Denise Sterling (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $22.44 1 $22.44
Business Builders in Fashion Jacqueline C. Kent • Barnes and Noble $19.75 1 $19.75
Bill Gates: Profile of a Digital Entrepreneur Brad Lockwood • Barnes and Noble $28.75 1 $28.75
Billy, Alfred and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, a Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History William Pelfrey • Barnes and Noble $25.15 1 $25.15
BrandSimple: How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed Allen P. Adamson, Foreword by Martin Sorrell • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
YouTube: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim Katy Duffield • Barnes and Noble $24.70 1 $24.70
Dave Thomas: Honesty Pays Barbara Kramer • Barnes and Noble $21.53 1 $21.53
For God, Country, and Coca-Cola Mark Pendergrast • Barnes and Noble $20.65 1 $20.65
Frederick W. Smith: Founder of FedEx Sheila Wyborny • Barnes and Noble $24.70 1 $24.70
Larry Page and Sergey Brin: The Google Guys Gail B. Stewart • Barnes and Noble $24.70 1 $24.70
On Target: How the World's Hottest Retailer Hit a Bull's-Eye Laura Rowley • Barnes and Noble $17.05 1 $17.05
Vera Wang Anne M. Todd • Barnes and Noble $27.00 1 $27.00
W. K. Kellogg Laura Hamilton Waxman, Laura Hamilton • Barnes and Noble $23.94 1 $23.94
Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics, and Economics of America's Only TV Channel for Kids Heather Hendershot (Editor), Heather Hendershot • Barnes and Noble $18.90 1 $18.90
Market Women: Black Women Entrepreneurs: Past, Present, and Future Cheryl A. Smith, Laurent Parks Daloz, Foreword by Laurent Parks Daloz • Barnes and Noble $37.75 1 $37.75

Materials cost

$372.91

Vendor shipping charges

$37.29

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.32

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$437.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$95.93

Total project goal

$532.93

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$532.93

3 Donors

-$532.93

Donations toward project cost

-$437.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$95.93

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$0.00

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