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Mrs. Van Otterloo from Joplin MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Short Stories to Stimulate Minds

My students need a classroom set of 100 Great Short Stories to use for literature study in class.

  • $372 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students in my classroom come from a variety of backgrounds, but one thing unites them- they have all been identified as gifted learners. Gifted learners experience education in a multitude of ways. My district allows me to teach these students and offer them opportunities to explore areas that interest them the most.

By allowing these unique students the time to develop their gifts, they have a higher overall satisfaction with school.

These students also learn how to manage time and plan for big outcomes (projects, presentations, etc).

My Project

Short story writer, George Saunders, wrote, "When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you." I find this quote perfectly sums up why I share short stories with my middle school students. Not only do these stories allow for a compacted visit into story structure, but these stories also frequently stick with the reader long after the reading has ended.

A class set of 100 Great Short Stories will allow me to share dozens of delightful short stories in one volume with my advanced middle school readers.

We will be able to discuss themes that apply to their everyday lives while bringing stories written in the past to the modern classroom. With these novels, I will be able to bring authors like Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, and many more talented writers into their repertoire.

Mrs. Van Otterloo
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
100 Great Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon Business $11.26 25 $281.50

Materials cost

$281.50

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.22

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$315.72

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$55.72

Total project goal

$371.44

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$371.44

2 Donors

-$242.98

Donations toward project cost

-$231.73

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$11.25

match offer

-$98.81

Match offer toward project cost

-$83.99

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.82

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$29.64

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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