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Mrs. Jenny Starkman from Plainfield IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A Book of My Own- Building Home Libraries

Help me give my students books they can read and use their imagination to travel to new places and have new adventures! They will be keeping these high interest materials for their own!

  • $509 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

“This is my favorite place in the whole school!” Students love our library media center. It’s cozy and inviting, filled with books with adventures yet to travel and experiences yet to have. Students and teachers research, investigate, explore, use technology, and read in our media center daily. Book checkout and lessons happen in here as well as small group work.

We make the most of what we can with what we have, but our children need more.

We are a Title I school with a limited budget, and curricular needs take precedence when ordering. Often, pleasure reading materials and important materials, such as character building and citizenship (including digital), get excluded from the orders.

We are the future leaders in our school, and we focus on our growth as individuals, encouraged to be unique and accepting. We build foundations for our children to help them succeed and exceed in life. We are also diverse in ethnicities and abilities. Our life experiences are diverse as well, making background information and materials to provide that very important to our learning.

My Project

Our Title I neighborhood school will be hosting a Summer Reading program! The principal and I, along with teachers and staff, will be arranging for meet-ups at our six neighborhood parks this summer. With our vision being “Whole Child. Whole School. Whole Community.”, we are excited to bring reading to our community of learners!

“The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print."* We have students without home libraries (for some, no homes even).

With this fact in mind, we will provide each child with a new book to keep and enjoy over the summer. Each time they come to one of the six meet-ups, held throughout the school summer vacation, they will receive a new book. What a fantastic way to encourage literacy, continue conversations, and keep our students and community connected!

The materials chosen for this Donors Choose grant include books for our younger readers. Featured characters of the books selected include Elephant and Piggy, Biscuit, Froggy and even includes Jack and Annie, of the Magic Tree House series! We do anticipate the majority of our attendees to be our littlest readers. We are so excited to see their faces as they realize the book is just for them!

Thank you for helping us in our literacy mission!

*Newman, Sanford, et all. “American’s Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy”; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2000.

Mrs. Jenny Starkman
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elephant and Piggie (17 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $127.08 1 $127.08
I Can Read (32 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $113.46 1 $113.46
Froggy (10 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $51.55 1 $51.55
National Geographic Readers (7 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $24.64 2 $49.28
Biscuit (5 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $17.17 2 $34.34
Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark • AKJ Education $4.19 5 $20.95

Materials cost

$396.66

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.95

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$432.61

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$76.34

Total project goal

$508.95

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$508.95

8 Donors

-$508.28

Donations toward project cost

-$432.19

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$76.09

match offer

-$0.50

Match offer toward project cost

-$0.42

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.08

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.18

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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

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