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Ms. J. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Community through Literature

The cost of the books is $273, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $312 goal

This project expired on June 18, 2007.

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I am a first year teacher at Columbia Explorers Academy. I teach in a sixth grade classroom and teach all subjects. Columbia Explorers Academy is a Title I school where the majority of the students (98%) are from low income families and receive free/reduce lunch. Many of my students view reading as their least favorite subject. I believe a lot of it has to do with not having exposure to books at their reading or interest level. I believe to improve my students' essential reading strategies they need books that are intriguing and that they can relate to. I am planning to implement the novel "Seedfolks" by Paul Fleischman during our guided reading. The novel "Seedfolks" is a great story about thirteen very different voices-old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood. One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed. I feel my students can truly connect to this text and I hope this book will inspire them to make a difference in their own community. I am asking for a classroom set of 35 copies of "Seedfolks" and a copy on audio for my struggling readers and to use as a listening center.

Ms. J.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Seedfolks Paul Fleischman • Barnes and Noble $22.45 1 $22.45
Seedfolks Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 35 $188.65

Materials cost

$211.10

Vendor shipping charges

$21.11

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.28

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$255.23

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$56.03

Total project goal

$311.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$311.26

1 Donor

-$300.25

Donations toward project cost

-$255.23

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.02

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$11.01

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$0.00

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