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Mrs. Rutherford from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.


Help me give my students the gift of Chapter Books that reflects their interest.

  • $803 goal

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My Students

My school is a Title I school that sits in the heart of Washington, DC. I have a group of 67 students who are fun loving, eager-to-learn new things, excited about school and love to read. My classroom would be considered a melting pot of cultural heritage and social needs. Many of my students have been in the U.S. less than 4 years. They inspire me every day.

To meet their needs, we incorporate a variety of learning strategies, group work, and alternative seating and learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are!

My Project

My students will check out books much like a library. They have their favorite options in my very own classroom. I take classroom polls before requesting books in an attempt to select the most popular books for my students to check out and have available. We would very much appreciate optional reading materials in our classroom!

Having extra reading options in my classroom will allow me to encourage a lifelong love of reading for my students!

Oftentimes, many of my students' favorite selections are unavailable in the school or public library. In an effort to support my students, I've learned that I must first provide interesting books in our own classroom! My goal is to find at least one interesting book for my students to independently read throughout each school year.

Being able to select books that are interesting to them will allow them to increase their reading proficiency level, comprehension, critical thinking skills, fluency and vocabulary.

Mrs. Rutherford
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Best for Girls - 6-7 (10 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $66.52 1 $66.52
Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • AKJ Education $12.37 5 $61.85
Best for Girls - 4-5 (10 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $60.53 1 $60.53
The Council of Mirrors • AKJ Education $13.43 4 $53.72
The Lions of Little Rock • AKJ Education $6.56 5 $32.80
Dork Diaries Box Set (Book 1-3) Dork Diaries; Dork Diaries 2; Dork Diaries 3 • AKJ Education $30.65 1 $30.65
The Mighty Miss Malone • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
Matilda • AKJ Education $5.59 5 $27.95
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Comics Squad Lunch! • AKJ Education $5.83 4 $23.32
Stolen • AKJ Education $7.29 3 $21.87
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 3 $19.68
Barnum's Bones How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
145th Street: Short Stories • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Childtimes A Three-Generation Memoir • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Sonia Sotomayor A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que creció en el Bronx • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Elizabeth Leads the Way Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Ellen Ochoa: La primera astronauta latina (Ellen Ochoa: The First Latin Astronaut) • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $5.59 2 $11.18
Rosa Parks • AKJ Education $3.64 3 $10.92
Who Was Sacagawea? • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Cinder-Elly • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Tales From the Hood • AKJ Education $1.75 2 $3.50

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