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

Ms. Ceresia from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ready, Set, Read!

My students need a comfortable, organized, and colorful classroom library full of books with characters that they can relate to!

  • $826 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are energetic and excited to learn Third graders who thrive in structured environments. They live in a community on the west side of Chicago. Ours is a beautiful and strong community, but the students lack some necessary resources that help them learn successfully.

For example, they LOVE to read, but don't have many books at home.

When they come to school, my students have many needs that need to be met, and we work to meet them, but reading is always our focus!

My Project

In third grade reading, our first unit is all about reading around the world. My students will learn about kids just like them all over the world- how those kids access books, what books they read, and how they share their books with others. They will also be learning about their cultures and realizing that we are all more similar than different! I am hoping that this unit will ignite their fire for learning. The books that will be added to the classroom library through this project are student interest books that they will read during independent reading time. The students can relate to the characters in so many different ways! Some of the characters look like my students, are their age, have similar interests, have the career that the student dreams of having, or stress about the same things as them. When the instruction ends and independent reading time begins, I want students to be excited and take ownership of their reading with these books!

Having a comfortable, organized, and colorful classroom library is almost as important as the books themselves!

The Eric Carle Elementary USA Map Area Rug will provide them with a space to read the new books while also developing a better understanding of where in the country the characters are telling their stories from. The Sharpies and Mr Sketch Markers will help create colorful labels for the library and the Swingline 9112 ClassicCut Pro Paper Trimmer will help me cut the labels efficiently to organize the library and create bookmarks for the students. Our school does not have a librarian, so our classroom library is key to teaching my students how to organize and take care of literature. Thank you so much in advance for supporting my third graders on their literacy journey!

Ms. Ceresia
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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

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 Ms. Ceresia is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Home Dynamix Eric Carle Elementary USA Map Area Rug 6'6" x9'5, Graphic/Print USA Map Blue/Green/Orange • Amazon Business $129.99 1 $129.99
Swingline 9112 ClassicCut Pro Paper Trimmer, 15 Sheets, Metal/Wood Composite Base, 12 x 12 • Amazon Business $40.16 1 $40.16
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $17.68 1 $17.68
Holes in the Sky • Amazon Business $17.41 1 $17.41
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $16.21 1 $16.21
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $15.41 1 $15.41
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
A Prickly Problem: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
What If... • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Ron's Big Mission • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.02 1 $13.02
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Manjhi Moves a Mountain • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Grand Canyon • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Mosquitoes Don't Bite Me • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Wedgie & Gizmo vs. the Toof • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $10.17 1 $10.17
Mr. Sketch 1924061 Washable Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 14-Count • Amazon Business $10.01 1 $10.01
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Betty Before X • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Have a Little Pun: An Illustrated Play on Words • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
Sharpie 38201 Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Black, 12 Count • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story • Amazon Business $7.56 1 $7.56
Wedgie & Gizmo • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
Freedom in Congo Square (Charlotte Zolotow Award) • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Sharpie 38250PP Permanent Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Sharpie 15661PP King Size Permanent Marker, Chisel Tip, Black, 4-Count • Amazon Business $6.02 1 $6.02
Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Gives a Hoot?: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • Amazon Business $4.34 1 $4.34
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up • Amazon Business $4.34 1 $4.34
Class Act #2 (Jada Jones) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Rock Star #1 (Jada Jones) • Amazon Business $3.82 1 $3.82

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


2 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


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":"Chicago","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[5658858],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IL","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3485460,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":true,"numStudents":64,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Ceresia","authorIds":{"5658858":{"owner":"Ms. Ceresia","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3485460],"proposalHash":"1492683746","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21241773,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NTY5MDk5MQ==","NTY1ODg1OA=="],"teacherId":5658858,"schoolCounty":"Cook","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IL","name":"Illinois"}}