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 »
Menu
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.

 

Mrs. Polzella from Elmont NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Young Authors

My students need 17 dictionaries in order to help them expand their vocabulary in both reading and writing.

  • $319 goal

This project expired on July 8, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember the first time you wrote a story? Do you remember the satisfaction and confidence that went along with that accomplishment? My third graders are working hard on publishing their own stories in our classroom.

My co-teaching classroom consists of seventeen third-graders.

They have so much ambition and always yearn to do better than they are already doing. Their passion for learning inspires me to be the best teacher I can be, and I want to do everything I can to get them the materials they need to surpass their goals. Many of my students come from families who may not be able to afford books or dictionaries, and having these materials would be a true luxury. I know they will be so thankful to have dictionaries to help them expand their vocabulary during reading and writing.

My Project

Many of my students have disabilities, and they learn in many different ways. Dictionaries will help them understand some difficult words in their reading, and will allow them to use more complex, grade-level vocabulary while writing. My students have begun to participate in writer's workshop, and they are taught to use new words they see in their reading and apply it in their writing. Dictionaries will allow students to look up new and difficult words so that they are able to expand their vocabulary and comprehension of a variety of texts. They will learn how to search for answers rather than asking their teachers to give them the answers.

By donating towards this project, you can help seventeen young authors and readers understand the complexity of their curriculum based upon the Common Core Standards.

Using dictionaries is a valuable life-skill that will be useful for the rest of these students' school-careers and eventually their careers as adults.

Mrs. Polzella
Grades 3-5
More than half of 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

5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 17 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 Mrs. Polzella is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary for Children 2010 (Paperback) • Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. $13.95 17 $237.15

Materials cost

$237.15

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.56

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$270.71

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$47.77

Total project goal

$318.48

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$318.48

4 Donors

-$178.00

Donations toward project cost

-$171.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$6.75

match offer

-$117.01

Match offer toward project cost

-$99.46

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.55

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$23.47

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Elmont","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[1474682],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NY","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"merchant.com.donorschoose1.prod","proposalId":977885,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/young-authors/977885/","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":17,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Polzella","authorIds":{"1474682":{"owner":"Mrs. Polzella","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[977885],"proposalHash":"1801758985","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://cdn.donorschoose.net/images/placeholder-avatars/136/teacher-placeholder-2_136.png","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":258023,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTYwODc2OQ==","MTY0MjQ0Mg==","MTc5MTA5MQ==","MTQ3NDY4Mg==","MTc0NTY3NA=="],"teacherId":1474682,"schoolCounty":"Nassau","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NY","name":"New York"}}