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Treat Your Shelves: How to get books for your classroom

Use these tips and templates to spread the word about your book project on DonorsChoose!


Coming on March 30: Every donation to DonorsChoose book projects on DonorsChoose will be doubled, while funds last. 

This is your chance to “put some time on the books” and  stock your shelves! The best way to take advantage of this special funding opportunity? Make sure your community knows about the awesome work you and your students do by sharing your project link! Teachers who take one of the 5-minute sharing actions below have a 89% success rate on DonorsChoose. (Seriously.) 

To help you give your projects an extra boost, our DonorsChoose team designed some resources to make sharing your project super simple, so the only question left is: 

Which action will you choose on March 30th?

Option A: All of my book-loving friends and followers will see my project link!

On Thursday morning, pick your favorite graphics from our collection and share at least twice on social media. You can mix & match your favorite platforms (i.e. 1 Facebook post + 1 TikTok), do a morning and evening post on the same platform, or post and re-share your own content (Insta feed + Insta story!). Wherever you tweet, post, snap, or share, make sure you include a link to your project!

Feeling extra excited about these graphics? You can create your own custom graphic using the Canva templates below:

Download one of these customizable templates to use on social media

Option B: I’m sending my loved ones with my project via text!

On Wednesday, use the template below as a guide to write about your students and  then , copy and paste the text (with your project link!) into a group text chat or an email with your favorite 3-5 bookworms. Wherever you send it — your starred group chat, that DM thread with your book club, your family email chain — make it super personal to their favorite teacher (you!).

Hi friends! On March 30, DonorsChoose is doubling donations to my project!! I want to give my students [books by authors of color! autobiographies! graphic novels!] I’d be so grateful if you would make a small donation or share this link with others: [your project link]. Thank you a million times from me and my [28 little bibliophiles in training!]!

Option C: I’m sharing my book project to the max!

This option is your best bet to #FillEveryShelf in your classroom: A way to let all the book fans and (self-proclaimed) literary critics in your network know about your project and the big match day. Complete these three steps together to give your project the momentum it needs:

  1. Send a personalized email to one person who cares about you and your classroom, asking them if they would like to support your project and put books in the hands of students Include your project link!
  2. Post your project on your favorite social media platform and Include your project link!
  3. Send one group email or text to folks you know, asking them to help you spread the word about your project while there are doubled donations. Include your project link!

Not sure who to reach out to? Get some ideas here!

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