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Mrs. Larson from Des Moines IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Put an Engaging Book in Student Hands!

Help me give my students new books to enjoy!

  • $931 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is small for a city school and goes unnoticed! Our beautiful building is 105 years old and is tucked inside an older neighborhood behind a fire station. We do not receive any Federal money; however, our free lunch program is over 65%! So our school has hard-working parents who have a lot of love to give their children but not extra money to give our school. We are an identified English Language Learners building with a full-time ELL teacher. Our school district is the largest in our state but so many schools around us have higher needs. This causes our school to go unnoticed.

Our school library needs new books!

I am our school's technology AND library teacher. I strongly feel that technology will never replace having a great book to hold in your hand! My observations have fully supported my opinion. Although I teach the kids how to read ebooks from many different sources, they rarely choose to read ebooks. They really do prefer to have a book in their hands.

Unfortunately, most of our books are TOO LOVED! Every day I tape books. Please help us purchase the latest titles for our students to enjoy!

My Project

Media balance is highly emphasized at our school. Although every student has a computer and access to multitudes of e-books and e-sources, we highlight book talks, author spotlights, and reading endurance. The number one factor that will affect any person's academic performance is reading. So we are trying to place reading books above all else at our school.

Kids still love books!

Students are begging for Mo Willems' Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny, Kathryn Lasky's wolf, bear, and horse series, Aaron Blabey's Pig the Pug. Unfortunately, the first thing to get cut in our schools is the library! This doesn't make sense, yet I haven't convinced anyone otherwise. We haven't been able to purchase some of the latest titles or replace long-time favorites. Help us keep the library a favorite place!

Mrs. Larson
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Horses of the Dawn #1: The Escape • Amazon Business $12.39 2 $24.78
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets • Amazon Business $17.03 1 $17.03
Horses of the Dawn #2: Star Rise • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban • Amazon Business $15.43 1 $15.43
The Return of Thelma the Unicorn • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Book 4) • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Donovan McNabb • AKJ Education $14.65 1 $14.65
The Velveteen Rabbit • AKJ Education $7.26 2 $14.52
The Quest of the Cubs (Bears of the Ice #1) (1) • Amazon Business $7.11 2 $14.22
Knuffle Bunny Free • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Hello, Goodbye Window • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Cool Robots • AKJ Education $13.49 1 $13.49
Secret Pizza Party • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
That Is Not a Good Idea! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Keepers of the Keys (Bears of the Ice #3) (3) • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Robot • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Bartholomew and the Oobleck • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Fantastic Mr. Fox • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Because • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
How to Draw • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Wolf in the Snow • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Pig the Tourist (Pig the Pug) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike (Unofficial Cookbook) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5) • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8) • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Double down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11) • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Seek & Find - Dinosaurs (Seek and Find) • Amazon Business $10.34 1 $10.34
Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 The Long Haul • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 7 The Third Wheel • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 6: Cabin Fever • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
Tangled in Time: The Portal • Amazon Business $10.03 1 $10.03
Jedi Academy • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Tornado Terror (I Survived True Stories #3) • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Pig the Star (Pig the Pug) • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Wild Blood (Horses of the Dawn #3) • Amazon Business $9.15 1 $9.15
The Den of Forever Frost (Bears of the Ice) • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Tangled in Time 2: The Burning Queen • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Stay • AKJ Education $8.10 1 $8.10
Marvel - Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-man Look and Find Activity Book - Characters from Avengers Endgame Included - PI Kids • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Incredible Life of Balto • AKJ Education $7.65 1 $7.65
Chick-o-Saurus Rex • AKJ Education $6.97 1 $6.97
Crankenstein • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
How to Draw Pokemon: 50 Pokemons to Learn to Draw (Unofficial Book) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Boys' Book of Survival • AKJ Education $6.00 1 $6.00
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Super Fly Guy! (Fly Guy #2) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Horses and Ponies • AKJ Education $4.95 1 $4.95
Computer Coding With Scratch • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Farm Animals • AKJ Education $1.75 2 $3.50

Materials cost

$698.35

Vendor shipping charges

$3.99

State sales tax

$47.84

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.48

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$790.66

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$139.53

Total project goal

$930.19

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$930.19

2 Donors

-$439.08

Donations toward project cost

-$416.58

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.50

Matching donations from our partners

-$440.09

Match offers toward project cost

-$374.08

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$66.01

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$51.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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