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

The High School Learning Lounge

The cost of this Learning Lounge with books, chairs, stereo and educational games is $972, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $993 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Imagine for a moment that you are sixteen years old. Imagine that you have a history of failing at school. Imagine that someone tells you that you must go do something you hate to do, something you feel that you are not good at, every day of your life. Imagine you have more important things going on at home: babysitting your younger brother, paying the rent, working at a part-time job earning grocery money. Now imagine that the school you are required to attend each day is filled with gray walls, fighting in the hallway, dilapidated textbooks, and rows upon rows upon rows of hard chairs attached to desks. Would you go to school? Too many high school students are faced with this challenge. School is unwelcoming - physically and emotionally. We may not be able to do anything about the need for armed police officers, metal detectors, and locker searches, but shouldn't teachers be empowered to make their classrooms warm and comforting? Teachers are not't provided with money to create inspiring learning environments for children. Many teachers don't even have their own classrooms. This is why I decided to create a learning lounge...a place for students to learn in their own way at their own pace in a place that is appealing and inspiring. To complete this project, I will need materials to create a "coffeehouse" type environment for my American Literature students to recite poetry, read books of their choice, play critical thinking games, and research careers that interest them. Our lounge will require bean bag chairs, posters, games, and listening and recording equipment. This reading and learning area will make students comfortable in the classroom. This will help them want to learn and create and be inspired. I teach 65 students each year. These students attend a 90 minute English class each day. This gives us plenty of time to incorporate self-selected learning, an activity which my school has been unable to give me funding for. Allowing students to take hold of their own learning is so important, it's a shame when the resources are not available. Going to school in inner city Chicago is tough. Going to high school in inner-city Chicago is even tougher. And when you are involuntarily enrolled in a program for reluctant learners, it makes attending school every day even harder. Don't these students deserve to go to school in a place that welcomes them visually and emotionally?

Ms. Will
Grades 9-12
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

3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 65 students.

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. Will is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Califone 1776 Spirit Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio & Cassette Recorder 4-way Speaker Boom Box • $65.25 3 $195.75
Video Bean Bag Chair, Green • Highsmith Inc. $60.01 1 $60.01
High Back Bean Bag Chair, Dark Blue • Highsmith Inc. $45.62 1 $45.62
Large Bean Bag Chair, Light Blue • Highsmith Inc. $42.01 1 $42.01
Large Bean Bag Chair, Red Denim • Highsmith Inc. $42.01 1 $42.01
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares, Read by Angela Goethals • Barnes and Noble $27.00 1 $27.00
384 BOGGLE FOR 2 OR MORE PLAYERS AGES 8 TO ADULT • Cannon Sports, Inc. $26.45 1 $26.45
Hatchet (3 cassettes) Gary Paulsen, Read by Peter Coyote • Barnes and Noble $22.50 1 $22.50
4024 SCRABBLE THE #1 WORD GAME 2-6 PLAYERS AGES 8 TO ADULT • Cannon Sports, Inc. $22.45 1 $22.45
Round Floor Pillow, 15 in. Diameter • Highsmith Inc. $20.01 1 $20.01
Round Floor Pillow, 15 in. Diameter • Highsmith Inc. $20.01 1 $20.01
Square Floor Pillow, 3x15x15 in., • Highsmith Inc. $20.01 1 $20.01
Profiles in Courage John F. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy (Introduction), Narrated by John F. Kennedy, Read by John F. Kennedy, Read by Jr. John Kennedy • Barnes and Noble $19.80 1 $19.80
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson Mitch Albom, Read by Mitch Albom • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
The Voice of the Poet: Robert Frost Read by Robert Frost, J. D. McClatchy (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
The Maya Angelou Poetry Collection Maya Angelou, Read by Maya Angelou • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Brian's Winter Gary Paulsen, Performed by Richard Thomas • Barnes and Noble $16.20 1 $16.20
Heartbeat Sharon Creech, Read by Mandy Siegfried • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
The River Gary Paulsen, Read by Peter Coyote • Barnes and Noble $13.49 1 $13.49
SEAGLASS TRANSLUCENT LOW PROFILE CLIPBOARD -- Saunders Seaglass Translucent Clipboards; Cobalt • Quill Corporation $2.15 20 $43.00

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


3 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":[14958],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"IL","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":4,"name":"High School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":35694,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":65,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Will","authorIds":{"14958":{"owner":"Ms. Will","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[35694],"proposalHash":"1854717974","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":22,"teacherChallengeId":39316,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":14958,"schoolCounty":"Cook","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"IL","name":"Illinois"}}