SOLSC 21/31 2012 I Chose Donor Choose

A few years ago I set up my very first Donors Choose item for my classroom. I asked for “book bins” for my students to put their independent reading books in so that they would be available for them access at any point in our day, without having to rummage through their desks to find their reading material.
Since then I have learned that they are great for keeping special projects, housing our writing folders, and our daily work folders. They are also great desk dividers when independent work is required. My students and I have really enjoyed these bins.
This past summer I found a teacher that had her husband build a shelf to fit between the desks to house our bins. This summer I hope to entice my hubby into making me some just like them.
I have already had three years of enjoyment from these book bins and I know they will be around for many more, all because of the generosity of the parents, friends, and strangers that donated through Donors Choose for my project.
Every year I try to return the favor by randomly selecting a first grade class to donate to.
This past week I decided to try my hand at a project once again. I (we) are in great need of a new printer for our classroom.
I have one computer. And one black and white laser printer that is on its last leg. We have a computer lab with 20 computers. On a good day 10 or 12 of these computers work at the same time, I have 18 students. The printer in this computer lab has NEVER worked.
My kiddos write every day. They write text and turn them into wonderful books. I would love for them to see their work in “real life” print. But the printer in our room would never keep up.
 Hence the new project for Donors Choose. I sat down the other night and wrote up a grant proposal for a new color laser printer. My kiddos will be so excited and proud to see their work in print and published should our project get funded.
If you have never been to Donors Choose you can find more information here. If you’d like to check out our class project you can check it out here.

If you have ever imagined or wanted something for your classroom that you know your school cannot fund try your hand at a Donors Choose project. You’ll be glad you did!      



  1. I'd like to see if I can get myself a document camera through Donors Choose. Good luck with your printer!


  2. First Tammy, thank you for your kindness yesterday. I appreciate it very much. And, what a nice thing to do for your class, in addition to all the other things you do as a teacher. People just do not understand how much teachers do! I do! Takes care!

  3. This is a wonderful project that has funded so many items for classrooms. It amazes me when I learn of the generosity of others to strangers. Did you know Jimmy Fallon did something last year and raised about $50,000 for Donors Choose? I thought that was great!

  4. I hope that you end up getting the printer. I can imagine how happy your students would be!

  5. Best of luck with your Donor's Choose project!