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Mr. R. from Seattle WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Larry Bird Doesn't Play Basketball Anymore

My students need updated books about sports that reflect their interests, with players they have heard of and see playing sports today.

  • $341 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The library is literally the center of our school community. An open, warm and inviting space with vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows that look out upon the playground. This is the space where 600+ students from Head Start, Developmental Preschool on up to sixth grade gather once a week. Some to rest, some engage books while others create projects or dive into technology.

Our students deserve every opportunity to succeed.

Our neighborhood consists of immigrants, refugees, working class, middle class and the working poor.

We are African-American, African, Latinax, Asian, Southeast Asian, Vietnamese, Pacific Islander, Samoan, Somali, Native American and white. 78.6% of our students receive free and reduced lunches. 99.9% of our students love the library.

My Project

I wish I was kidding while I write this to you. I am not though. We have a collection of sports books in our library that are seriously outdated. Players and teams that played when I was a child. The 1980's were great. But our sports collection in the library needs an update.

As a new librarian this came to my attention while tracking down some sports books in the library.

We found a small collection. Inside that small collection was books about sports from the 17th century. Okay so that is hyperbole, but I am not lying when I say the books were seriously outdated. And that brings me here making this request of you.

When students see books that actually represent things that they are interested in, celebrities they see in a show, athletes they watch at home with their family on a Sunday, those books have the power to peek their interest and invite them inside. By supporting the sports collection you are supporting students who may not want to read about dragons but instead all the stats of their favorite player, the rules of the game, or learn about how an athlete overcame adversity to become who they are today.

This collection of books focuses on sports. Biographies, top ten lists, baseball, basketball, football, rules, and stats. Both men and women's sports. Most importantly it updates the collection to provide students with a sports collection of players and athletes they can recognize.

Mr. R.
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 670 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
NFL's Top 10 Rivalries (NFL's Top Ten) • Amazon Business $27.07 1 $27.07
Scholastic Year in Sports 2018 • Amazon Business $6.86 3 $20.58
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
Messi: The Children's Illustration Book. Fun, Inspirational and Motivational Life Story of Lionel Messi - One of The Best Soccer Players in History. • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Neymar: The Children's Book. Fun, Inspirational and Motivational Life Story of Neymar Jr. - One of The Best Soccer Players in History. • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Ronaldo: The Children's Book. Fun, Inspirational and Motivational Life Story of Cristiano Ronaldo - One of The Best Soccer Players in History. • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
1st and 10 (Revised and Updated): Top 10 Lists of Everything in Football (Sports Illustrated Kids Top 10 Lists) • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
The Football Fanbook: Everything You Need to Become a Gridiron Know-it-All (A Sports Illustrated Kids Book) • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Big Book of WHO Football (Revised & Updated) (Sports Illustrated Kids Big Books) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Big Book of WHO Basketball (Sports Illustrated Kids Big Books) • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
NFL Today: Seattle Seahawks • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Lionel Messi: The Rise to Stardom. • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Big Book of WHO All-Stars (Sports Illustrated Kids Big Books) • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
For Soccer-Crazy Girls Only: Everything Great about Soccer • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Soccer Smarts for Kids: 60 Skills, Strategies, and Secrets • Amazon Business $5.96 1 $5.96
On the Court with...LeBron James (Matt Christopher Sports Biographies) • Amazon Business $4.55 1 $4.55

Materials cost

$235.14

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$20.57

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.53

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$289.24

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$51.04

Total project goal

$340.28

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$340.28

2 Donors

-$337.99

Donations toward project cost

-$289.24

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$48.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.29

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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