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

Ms. Schwafaty from Torrance CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

In Search of the Right Book

Help me give my students an opportunity to rediscover the love of reading by providing them with the right book

  • $581 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Most students fall in love with reading in elementary school. However, by the time they get to 8th grade, many have fallen out of love with it. Somehow, the magic is gone. Last year, I started building a classroom library so that my students would have access to stories and characters they can relate to. The library proved to be very successful with most of the students. These students talk about books and are excited about it. However, there is still a small percentage who have not fallen in love with reading.

My goal is to help these students discover or rediscover the love of reading by giving them access to a variety of titles so they can find the right book.

Many students do not have the means to buy books and that's why I'm here. When they find the right book, they will fall in love with reading.

In addition to giving them a lifetime of knowledge and enjoyment, books

will enrich their personal lives and help them become more academically successful.

My Project

I have spent the past year developing a rich independent reading program with books that I bought, books that were donated, and books bought by the school district. With this wide range of titles, most of my students now enjoy reading and, hopefully have become lifelong readers. However, there is still those who have not found that love.

I need to help my reluctant readers find the "right book".

What is the right book, you ask? The right is that book that will make them fall in love with reading. The book that will transform them into readers. The book that will make them want to read.

While my classroom library has lots of books, I need to add more that will appeal to the reluctant readers in my classroom. By adding the titles on my list to my classroom library, I hope my reluctant readers will find the "right book" and rediscover the love of reading.

Ms. Schwafaty
Grades 6-8
Half of 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

1 donor1 donor has given to this project.

This project will reach 140 students.

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

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 Ms. Schwafaty is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Alex Rider Collection Pack, 9 Books Set, (Scorpia Rising, Stormbreaker, Point Blanc, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Ark Angel, Snakehead, Crocodile Tears) (Alex Rider - Spy Agent for Mi6 and Cia) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $16.19 3 $48.57
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $15.72 3 $47.16
The Judy Blume Teen Collection: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Deenie; Forever; Then Again, Maybe I Won't; Tiger Eyes • Amazon Business $42.35 1 $42.35
Two Can Keep a Secret • Amazon Business $10.79 2 $21.58
Five Feet Apart • Amazon Business $9.69 2 $19.38
The Institute: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Wild Bird • Amazon Business $5.89 3 $17.67
Eleven Seconds: A Story of Tragedy, Courage & Triumph • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
11/22/63: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Elevation • Amazon Business $10.32 1 $10.32
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Beginning of Everything • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
The Outsider: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Touching Spirit Bear • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Stand • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
Firestarter • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
Mockingbird • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Shining • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
The Mist • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Go Ask Alice (Anonymous Diaries) • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69

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


1 Donor


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


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":"Torrance","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[3205147],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":4544668,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":140,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Schwafaty","authorIds":{"3205147":{"owner":"Ms. Schwafaty","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[4544668],"proposalHash":"770294623","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":",smart&width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1583211123341","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20780581,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NjU3NTM1MA=="],"teacherId":3205147,"schoolCounty":"Los Angeles","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}