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Mrs. Dechon from Middletown NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Revisit the Classics!

My students need 26 classical books ranging from Little Women to David Copperfield.

  • $367 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Help us inspire our students to read the classics! At our high school library we serve over 2,000 students, many of whom come from poor backgrounds.

We really want to encourage our students to read and re-read the classics. This will help them prepare for college by reading those books that is expected of any graduating senior. We have found, however, that the classical titles that our library owns are extremely old and worn out. Many of the titles on our list were printed in the 1950s and 1960s. If we want to encourage our students to read them, it is necessary to provide them with fresh, clean copies of the books.

We are requesting 26 classics that will replace the old and worn out copies our library already owns. These titles range from Sense and Sensibility to The Scarlet Letter.

Your donation will help motivate our students to read these classics. This will enable them to attend college with the same reading experiences as others and give them a true appreciation for classical literature. Thank you for your help!

Mrs. Dechon
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Swiss Family Robinson (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Johann David Wyss, Scott McKowen, Arthur Pober • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Age of Innocence (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Edith Wharton, Maureen Howard (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Ben-Hur Lewis Wallace • Barnes and Noble $25.59 1 $25.59
20,000 Leagues under the Sea (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Jules Verne, Scott McKowen (Illustrator), Arthur Pober (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The Mysterious Stranger Mark Twain • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Prince and the Pauper (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Mark Twain, William Hatherell (Illustrator), W. Hatherell (Illustrator), Robert Tine (Introduction), Noted by Robert Tine • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Mark Twain, Scott McKowen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Mark Twain, Robert O'Meally (Illustrator), Robert G. O'Meally (Illustrator), Robert O'Meally (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.36 1 $6.36
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne • Barnes and Noble $6.36 1 $6.36
Tender Is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald • Barnes and Noble $20.80 1 $20.80
This Side of Paradise (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sharon G. Carson (Introduction), George Stade • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Oliver Twist (Sterling Unabridged Classics Series) Charles Dickens, Scott McKowen, Arthur Pober • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Great Expectations Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator), David Trotter (Introduction), Noted by Charlotte Mitchell • Barnes and Noble $16.00 1 $16.00
David Copperfield Charles Dickens • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Bleak House (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Charles Dickens, Phiz (Illustrator), Tatiana M. Holway (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
To Kill a Mockingbird: The 40th Anniversary Edition of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel Harper Lee • Barnes and Noble $17.60 1 $17.60
Beyond the Chocolate War Robert Cormier • Barnes and Noble $20.92 1 $20.92
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte, Alice Hoffman (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde, Susan Ostrov Weisser, George Stade (Editor), Susan Ostrov Weisser (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.36 1 $6.36
Catch-22 Joseph Heller, Joseph L. Heller (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $21.60 1 $21.60
Fahrenheit 451: 50th Anniversary Edition Ray Bradbury • Barnes and Noble $18.40 1 $18.40
Emma (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Jane Austen, Steven Marcus (Introduction), Noted by Victoria Blake • Barnes and Noble $6.36 1 $6.36
Sense and Sensibility (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Jane Austen, Laura Engel (Introduction), Noted by Laura Engel • Barnes and Noble $6.36 1 $6.36
Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Jane Austen, Amanda Claybaugh (Introduction), Noted by Amanda Claybaugh • Barnes and Noble $6.36 1 $6.36
Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Jane Austen, Alfred Mac Adam (Introduction), George Stade • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Jane Austen, Carol Howard (Illustrator), Carol Howard (Introduction), George Stade • Barnes and Noble $6.36 1 $6.36

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