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

All Are Welcome Here!

My students need books in English and Spanish so they can read in their native language to make them feel at home and get accustomed to school in the US. We also need CD players to listen to audiobooks.

  • $486 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My seventh-grade students are so eager to learn and want nothing more than to be loved by their classmates and teachers. All of my students are diverse learners and many come from another country or are first generation Americans. We recently had two brothers join our class from Puerto Rico. These students are extremely diverse in terms of academic ability. My students with special needs include students with autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, and social/emotional disabilities. This diversity is great, but as a teacher, it can be a challenge to reach all my students when they are at different levels academically.

My goal is to make sure that all students, regardless of where they are academically, have all the tools they need to be successful and become lifelong learners.

Our wonderful school is in a high poverty area. Ninety percent of our thirteen hundred students receive free breakfast and lunch. They are polite, well-mannered, hard-working students who come from good homes.

My Project

Hurricane Maria has had a huge impact with students from the islands being relocated all the way to Chicago. I teach seventh-grade self-contained special education and I recently received two students that were displaced from Puerto Rico. They are brothers and are sweet, caring young men. They are now homeless, but thanks to the help of distant family, they have somewhere to live. They lost everything they knew and loved. They are learning the English language day by day.

To make their transition to the United States easier, they need novels in Spanish, math books and books about the United States Constitution.

My students need books like 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Precepts, Chicharito: La historia de Javier Hernandez (Spanish Edition), ¡Gool!: El sueno se inicia...(Spanish Edition), and Porque el fútbol importa (Spanish Edition). They can read in their native language to make them feel at home and get accustomed to school in the United States. Lastly, my students need Spanish Edition workbooks practicing for STAAR. Hopefully, by having these native language books they will be able to keep their minds off of the destruction they have endured and let them learn something new in an exciting way. They need individual CD players to listen to audiobooks and we need a class CD player to allow the students to hear our novels read to them along with a few audiobooks. This grant will allow me to give my displaced students more of what they need to succeed in their new classroom. With the love of their extended family and the support they are getting in our close-knit school community, hopefully, these students will soon be calling Chicago home.

Mrs. Verran
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 15 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
HamiltonBuhl AudioMVP Boombox CD/FM Media Player with Bluetooth Receiver • Amazon Business $89.95 1 $89.95
Personal MP3 CD Player 100-second anti-skip protection Walkman by Lyss • Amazon Business $22.95 2 $45.90
Practicing for STAAR Success: Mathematics Grade 4 (Spanish) • AKJ Education $18.24 2 $36.48
Practicing for STAAR Success: Mathematics Grade 5 (Spanish) • AKJ Education $18.24 2 $36.48
Messi: Una biografía (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.60 2 $25.20
Fidget Bands for Bouncy Feet and Restless Legs - Fits Chairs and Desks (Up to 36 In) - Latex-Free Ideal for Those With ADD, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety (2-Pack) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
La Constitución de EE. UU. y tú (The U.S. Constitution and You) (Spanish Version) (Social Studies Readers : Content and Literacy) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Diario de Nikki # 1 Crónicas de una vida muy poco glamurosa ( Dork Diaries) (Spanish Edition) (Diario de Nikki / Dork Diaries) • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
Porque el fútbol importa (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
Ronaldo: su asombrosa historia (Spanish Edition) (Leyendas Del Futbol) • Amazon Business $11.26 1 $11.26
Diario de Greg (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
¡Gool!: El sueno se inicia... (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Chicharito: La historia de Javier Hernandez (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.85 1 $8.85
Wonder • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Panasonic RP-HJE120-PPK In-Ear Stereo Earphones, Black • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Precepts • Amazon Business $7.11 1 $7.11
El Superbebe Panal y La Invasion de Los Ladrones de Inodoros • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Las aventureas del Superbebé Pañal (Adventures Of Super Diaper Baby) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Las aventuras de Uuk y Gluk (The Adventures Of Uuk And Gluk) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

Materials cost

$376.63

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.65

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$412.28

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$72.76

Total project goal

$485.04

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$485.04

1 Donor

-$200.00

Donations toward project cost

-$170.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.00

match offer

-$285.04

Match offer toward project cost

-$242.28

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$42.76

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$0.00

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