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Mr. Flagg from Tampa FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It's a Classic!

Help me give my students 50+ brand-new books that will instill in them a love of and an appreciation for classic literature!

  • $518 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school serves a small population of 260 students, so our students are a tight-knit group of kids. I won’t lie—they are a very difficult bunch. But the more I work with them, the more I love them. My students are challenging, loud, and quite headstrong. They’re also enthusiastic, passionate, and fiercely loyal.

My kids have so much potential to make a difference in the world, and my goal as a library media specialist is ultimately to engage their curious minds and let them know that their thoughts and ideas matter.

Our student population is made up of approximately 60% black/African American, 25% Hispanic/Latino, and 8% white students, with the remainder representing other ethnicities. As a Title I school, the majority of our students come from low-income households.

My Project

"If you look back at the great classics and the epics and myths, they were for everyone. Different people got different things from them, but everyone was invited to participate." —Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The first time I went through the bookshelves in my media center to familiarize myself with the school's collection, I was disappointed to see that there were so many crucial titles missing, particularly a lot of "the classics." Those that were on the shelves either showed extreme signs of age or were severely damaged.

I was surprised to see so many old books—books several years older than me and decades older than any of the students at my school.

Since becoming a media specialist here last school year, only a handful of these overworn titles have been checked out, but no more than that. Why would a 5th grader want to read a copy of "The Secret Garden" or "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory" when the cover and pages are yellow or brown with age and the book is hanging onto its binding by a single thread? Goodness knows I wouldn't go out of my way to read a book in such poor condition!

I want to reintroduce my students to classics as they should be—with appealing covers and illustrations, kid-friendly, and printed less than 30+ years ago. I want them to see the beauty in classics like "Mary Poppins," "Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass," "Fig Pudding," "Sarah, Plain and Tall," "The Jungle Book," "The Wind in the Willows," "Pinocchio," “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” "Matilda," "James and the Giant Peach," and so many more!

Mr. Flagg
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Roald Dahl Collection 15 Fantastic Stories Box Set Including Boy, The BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) • Amazon Business $21.24 1 $21.24
Mary Poppins Boxed Set • Amazon Business $19.59 1 $19.59
Fig Pudding • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Sarah, Plain and Tall • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Wind in the Willows • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Anne of Avonlea (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Ballet Stories (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The War of the Worlds (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Oliver Twist (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Peter Pan (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Swiss Family Robinson (Classic Starts Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
White Fang (Classic Starts Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Arabian Nights: Retold from the Classic Tales (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Greek Myths (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Around the World in 80 Days (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Three Musketeers (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts(r) the Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Grimm's Fairy Tales (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Man in the Iron Mask (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Pinocchio (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Classic Starts Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Roman Myths (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Animal Stories (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Secret Garden (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Phantom of the Opera (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Odyssey (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Moby-Dick (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Last of the Mohicans (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Pollyanna (Classic Starts Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Great Expectations (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Frankenstein (Classic Starts Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: The Time Machine (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Classic Starts®: Little Men (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.87 1 $6.87
Classic Starts®: The Iliad (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
The Red Badge of Courage (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Classic Starts®: Dracula (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Call of the Wild (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26
Gulliver's Travels (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $6.01 1 $6.01
Classic Starts®: Little Lord Fauntleroy (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Classic Starts®: Journey to the Center of the Earth (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Classic Starts®: Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts® Series) • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $4.84 1 $4.84
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $4.78 1 $4.78
The Jungle Book (Classic Starts) • Amazon Business $3.47 1 $3.47

Materials cost

$403.76

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.06

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$439.82

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$77.62

Total project goal

$517.44

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$517.44

4 Donors

-$433.61

Donations toward project cost

-$376.07

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$57.54

match offer

-$75.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$63.75

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$11.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.83

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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