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.


Ms. M. from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Yes! You can keep it!

The cost of 90 books from the Scholastic Teacher Store for this proposal is $583, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $564 goal

This project expired on May 16, 2007.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Kids need books in their homes, their bedrooms, and their backpacks. They ought to flip through them, feel their weight, and even smell them. Yes, smell them! In order to do this, kids need to OWN books. Providing books for children to keep is a surefire way to promote a lifelong love of reading. At my middle school in South Los Angeles, very few students have started to develop personal libraries. Many of them rarely read at home, much less visit bookstores. It is partly for this reason that many of our students read at a third of fourth grade level (they are in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades). I have started a book club for students with the simple purpose of putting enjoyable, high-interest, age-appropriate books into the hands and homes of students. Each month I pass out a book and a few weeks later a group of smiling, cheerful kids comes to the library (I'm the librarian) for a lunch of pizza and apples. We talk about the story we read, and then I give the kids a new book. Each month I get asked the same question. "Miss, can we really keep it?" My answer has so far been an enthusiastic, "YES! You can keep it! Forever and ever!" The pleasure I see on the faces of my students when they realize the book is theirs to keep is the best part of my day, and my job! In order to continue this project, I need help purchasing sets of books. Scholastic Books sells good paperbacks at very reasonable prices. I have come up with a list of 6 titles that all cost less than $5.00 per copy. This would provide our book club with more than a semester's worth of materials. Middle school students need low- or no-pressure activities that allow them to enjoy books. As part of a book club, students don't have to worry about assignments, tests, or getting the 'right' answer. Instead, they are allowed to build confidence, friendships, and a personal reading style. Giving them the books to keep takes it one step further, impressing upon them the everyday joy of reading.

Ms. M.
Grades 6-8
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 180 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. M. is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Colibri • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.99 15 $74.85
THE TIME BIKE • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.95 15 $74.25
ANY SMALL GOODNESS • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.50 15 $67.50
MARISOL AND MAGDALENA • Scholastic Teacher Store $3.95 15 $59.25
SAMMY KEYES AND THE HOTEL THIEF • Scholastic Teacher Store $3.95 15 $59.25
SKELETON MAN • Scholastic Teacher Store $3.95 15 $59.25

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":"Los Angeles","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[49742],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":50683,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":false,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":180,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. M.","authorIds":{"49742":{"owner":"Ms. M.","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[50683],"proposalHash":"1082848183","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":87182,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":49742,"schoolCounty":"Los Angeles","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}