I have never written a Donor's Choose project before, but my new book club has forced me to think beyond my library budget and book fair funds. I am in a Title I school with almost 90% of our students being on free/reduced lunch. Many of the students in our school come from families who cannot afford to purchase their children books. Even when I offered a discounted rate on our first book club title, only four students were able to actually purchase an individual copy of the title. I did purchase several copies and placed in the library collection, but if the book club continues, I cannot afford to do this for each title we read. What's a librarian to do? Enter Donor's Choose.
The process was quite simple really. The website walks you through it step-by-step and I had a basic list of items already. You create shopping carts that link directly to Donor's Choose, so that made adding the books and bins I'm requesting really simple. You do have to make sure that you have photo permissions and you do need to think about what you will share in your essay. I have no idea if I will get the funding I'm requesting, but it only took me about 45 minutes to prepare the entire proposal, so no harm done. If you would like to see my proposal for ideas or if you would like to be generous and donate to the project, just click the image below and it will take you to the page! I do believe that they review the projects and I just submitted mine today (11-5-17) so I'm not sure how long before it is "approved" and appears on their website. I do think that the direct link they provided me will work, however. I've also added the promo code that doubles any donations made this week.
I'll keep you posted on the progress of this project! I really hope that I can gain the funding to purchase our book club titles for all the students.
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