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Mrs. McIlhenny from Philadelphia PA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A New Book Nook For A New School Year

My students need a new sofa and rug for our classroom “book nook.”

  • $381 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I work with students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, who are reading a year or more below grade level. I work at a public school in a high poverty, urban area, and my students generally come from homes with very limited or no literacy resources. Many of my students face challenges and traumatic situations at home, and these circumstances often hinder their abilities to succeed in school.

Because my students find reading to be difficult, my goal is to create fun and engaging lessons.

In particular, my students enjoy hands-on activities and using technology. Since all of my students struggle with reading, I strive to teach them the joys of reading and encourage them to persevere. My students take pride in seeing their reading improve and mastering new literacy skills. Whenever a student learns a new letter, masters a high frequency word or a successfully uses a decoding strategy, he or she is excited to show off his or her accomplishments.

My Project

The book nook is my students’ favorite place in our classroom. My students love reading on the kid-sized, comfortable furniture. The current furtinure in the book nook has been well-used over the past 10 years, and is now very worn.

I want to update the furniture in the book nook to keep young students enthusiastic about reading for years to come!

Since all of my students have difficulty reading, creating a fun and engaging space for reading is important. By creating a themed book nook, I hope my students feel transported to a relaxing, tropical beach while reading. The navy sofa and beach rug will help me create an exciting reading space in my classroom.

Mrs. McIlhenny
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kangaroo Trading Tween Chaise 2 Pillows-Loopy Pebbles/Navy Childrens Sofas • Amazon Business $214.99 1 $214.99
ZaH Thin 3D Area Rug Non-slip Doormat Carpet Printing Rug for Living Room, Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom (4x6-47"x67", Wave) • Amazon Business $73.99 1 $73.99

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