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Ms. Griesbach from Edgewater NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Keep Advanced Readers Engaged: Put Classic Books On Our Shelves!

My students need a variety of (40) classic books to challenge advanced readers with difficult material and give our students access to timeless and familiar stories!

  • $510 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are a small, community-oriented school comprising all the grades 3-6 students in our town. Starting at our sister elementary school for the younger grades, our students have been together since pre-Kindergarten and have had the chance to share class time with all of their grade-level peers and experience the different ways that they each learn and grow. Our curriculum supports our students unique experiences, using reading and writing workshops and small-group STEAM initiatives to encourage students to build their literacy skills and creativity collaboratively with discussion and input from peers.

Our students come from varied cultural backgrounds with more than 20 different languages spoken at home, but they are united by their shared learning experiences and love of reading.

My library media students love sharing their books with each other, showing each other what they've created on their computers and chromebooks, and discussing what they've read and learned. They are eager to help each other at the computers or in finding books that they've read and liked, often taking the initiative to offer assistance when they see a classmate struggling. Every week they come into the media center excited to find out what they will be learning!

My Project

Our library is a wonderful resource, but with our students reading an incredible amount of books to satisfy their reading log requirements (and their own love of independent reading!) any holes in the collection become apparent very quickly. Right now, we do not have enough classic books to satisfy student demand - and our students are demanding classic books!

On more than one occasion I've had older students ask for help finding a classic work like Sherlock Holmes or Lord of the Rings, and had to tell them that the library doesn't have it!

Our students look for classic books to satisfy their interest in the TV shows, movies, and other cultural artifacts that are based on them; experience the original version of a story they have read and enjoyed in an abridged format at a younger age; and transition to more "adult" books as they head towards middle school and start to branch out their reading. Without classic books, there is very little fiction that will appropriately challenge advanced level readers in the fifth and sixth grades. Children's classics like the Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan also allow younger advanced readers to read above their grade level without having to reach for young adult novels that may contain material they are not developmentally ready for.

The 40 books on our wish-list represent a comprehensive list of classics that will serve all grades at our 3-6 school. They are all illustrated hardcover editions, making them both attractive and durable enough for library use, and as most of them come from the same publisher's set, students interested in classics will quickly learn to find them on the library shelves by looking for their similar shape and style. Please help us give our enthusiastic readers access to these challenging, familiar stories!

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This project will reach 436 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Return of the King: Being theThird Part of the Lord of the Rings • Amazon Business $18.02 1 $18.02
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings • Amazon Business $16.58 1 $16.58
Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
The Jungle Book (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
The Swiss Family Robinson (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
Great Expectations (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Little Women (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Gulliver's Travels (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
The Call of the Wild and White Fang (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Pollyanna (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Frankenstein (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Anne of Avonlea (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Treasure Island (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Oliver Twist (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Anne of Green Gables (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.92 1 $9.92
The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Pinocchio (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.63 1 $9.63
The War of the Worlds (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Around the World in Eighty Days (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Black Beauty (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Peter Pan (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Robinson Crusoe (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
Dracula • Amazon Business $8.23 1 $8.23
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $7.80 1 $7.80
The Secret Garden (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $7.42 1 $7.42
A Little Princess (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
A Christmas Carol (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $6.76 1 $6.76
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $6.67 1 $6.67
Grimm's Fairy Tales (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $6.20 1 $6.20
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $6.11 1 $6.11
The Wind in the Willows (Sterling Unabridged Classics) • Amazon Business $5.96 1 $5.96

Materials cost

$397.03

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.96

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$432.99

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$76.41

Total project goal

$509.40

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$509.40

9 Donors

-$499.40

Donations toward project cost

-$424.49

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.91

match offer

-$10.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$8.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$1.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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