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. Michalko from Fayetteville NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Journey to America: Stories of Yesterday and Today

Help me give my students the opportunity to learn about our nations history through stories of immigration at Ellis Island.

  • $983 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are very energetic and hands-on learners who come to school with a huge smile on their face, eager to start the day. This group of students are extremely curious about the world around them and how things are made or created.

Their constant excitement and curiosity inspires me to provide them with the best possible learning experiences.

My school is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina not far from Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the USA. We have a high population of military children in our school. Many of my students have a parent or sometimes even both parents who are serving in the US military and their home environment can be very unpredictable at times. I strive to provide my students with a stable and consistent environment that nurtures their learning and growth.

Unfortunately, we are not a Title I school, so we receive no additional funding. It is my goal to provide my students with the ability to discover new things at their fingertips through more technology in the classroom so that every student can be prepared for I would love to maintain the high academic standards that my students have come accustomed to.

My Project

Do you remember the first time you fell in love with history, eager to learn more? For me that love started the minute I opened a book to the past, that took me on a journey back in time. The 3rd graders in our school currently consists of 160 dedicated students from diverse backgrounds. Some of them dread the days we work on social studies instead of science, but the third grade teachers are hoping to change all of that.

We want to get our 3rd grade students excited about learning all there is to know about how people like them helped shape the world that we live in today.

Through the book "The Orphan of Ellis Island" they will travel back in time and get to experience the journey to America through the eyes of a 10 year old boy. They will be able to make even greater connections when they read the non-fiction book "What Was Ellis Island". They will be able to use the nonfiction text to gain background knowledge, which will help them comprehend the fictional novel that they are reading. We want to show our students that a book can take you on a journey to the past, exploring extraordinary places that you have never been before.

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

19 donors19 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 160 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 Mrs. Michalko is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Orphan Of Ellis Island (Time Travel Adventures) • Amazon Business $6.29 60 $377.40
What Was Ellis Island? • Amazon Business $5.99 60 $359.40

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


18 Donors


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":"Fayetteville","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[2431932],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NC","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3726593,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":160,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Michalko","authorIds":{"2431932":{"owner":"Mrs. Michalko","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3726593],"proposalHash":"-2018739205","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":23,"teacherChallengeId":20443693,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":2431932,"schoolCounty":"Cumberland","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NC","name":"North Carolina"}}