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Mrs. Gocksch from Bronx NY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Serving Our Community with a Little Library

Help me give my students the experience of serving their community by creating a Little Library where neighborhood children can pick up books anytime.

  • $417 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are a Title 1 neighborhood school in the Bronx with over 900 K-5 diverse students. Our students and their families come from all around the world - Europe, Central and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa - and many are English Language Learners.

Some students face challenges such as homelessness, and arrive each day from a shelter next door and other transient living arrangements.

We are building a safe learning community where positive and trusting relationships can thrive and students can learn.

My Project

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; Little Libraries have been called “mini-town squares.” from littlefreelibrary.org

Being the school librarian at PS8 Bronx, I have a constant flow of donated and weeded books to give away.

I also administer a Reading Ambassador club, 4th and 5th graders enthusiastic about spreading the love of books throughout our school community. This project would give these students the opportunity to finish/paint/decorate the Little Library and help to maintain the book collection to be shared with the community.

The plan is to set up the Little Library right outside the front door of the school or in the school playground which is open to the public after school. Reading Ambassadors would research, discuss, and decide on the most effective location and present their plan to administrators as part of this service project.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY Unfinished Kit • Amazon Business $319.00 1 $319.00

Materials cost

$319.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.78

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$353.78

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$62.43

Total project goal

$416.21

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$416.21

13 Donors

-$388.54

Donations toward project cost

-$345.71

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.83

match offer

-$9.50

Match offer toward project cost

-$8.08

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$1.42

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$18.18

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$0.00

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