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.

  • $395 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Greene
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

History Taught through Literature!

My students need history to be personalized and are in need of 2 class sets of novels, "Bud, Not Buddy" and "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" that make social studies come alive!

My Students

Reading seems like a chore to many of my students, and to even more, social studies is viewed as a complete bore. Opinions will soon change with my new novel based curriculum! Christopher Paul Curtis creates historical characters that my students will be able to relate to and hopefully come to love.

I work in an urban middle school which serves a predominantly low-income and African-American community.

My students are sweet and caring individuals, but often struggle with remaining interested in or retaining information about material they feel is too far in the past. As a result, they unfortunately have a great deal of trouble relating to or valuing history/social studies. I wish to change that.

My Project

I am requesting classroom sets of the books "Bud, not Buddy" and "The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis. These award winning books highlight the African-American struggle during the Great Depression and the Civil Rights movement through the eyes of middle school aged children. Studies show that cross-subject teaching styles are more beneficial to the students, because they are practicing more than one skill at a time. Likewise, research finds that students perform better and retain more information when they find the subject matter taught relative to their own lives. As such, I am creating a novel-based history class, where students can work on reading and writing while retaining core social studies concepts. Not only are Christopher Paul Curtis' books age-appropriate, but they feature African-Americans in important time periods. My students will hopefully be able to see themselves inserted into history and as a result, invest more in their social studies education.

Your donation will help a teacher, who is attempting to try out a new technique, keep the learning environment updated and interesting.

More importantly, African-American students desperately need to learn to see themselves reflected in American history, so that they can see the value in learning about our past. Hopefully, they will gain a new perspective on history. Also, my students reading and writing skills will improve with the added practice outside of their regular English class.

Read More

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bud, Not Buddy (Pbk) • AKJ Books $5.10 35 $178.50
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 (MM) • AKJ Books $5.10 24 $122.40

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


2 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

3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 148 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Kia Motors America and 2 other donors.

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
{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Richmond","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[1858109],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"VA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":1054164,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":148,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Greene","authorIds":{"1858109":{"owner":"Ms. Greene","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[1054164],"proposalHash":"-1419919697","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":308173,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MjI0MzE1","NDUxOTM5","MTkxODI0MQ=="],"teacherId":1858109,"schoolCounty":"Richmond City","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"VA","name":"Virginia"}}