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Ms. Melissa from Hoonah AK is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books and Brain Food!

Help me give my students a good environment that contains books at their level as well as in their interest range. Snacks also increase my students' learning levels.

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My Students

I have a mixed group of learners that range anywhere from 2 through 5th grade. Each of my students have their own special skill sets, and their own personal way of being successful and learning within the classroom environment. Most of my students come from the Tlingit Alaska Native culture and are caring, empathetic people. They care very much about their education and having fun while they learn.

This year, we are focusing on self-help skills, as well as identifying individual educational, and emotional skill sets.

We would like to be able to learn about these things while working at our own individual level while having fun.

Our community is located in the heart of Southeast Alaska in a small town named Hoonah. While we work in the classroom, we have become more of a family. We have known each other for several years and grown up with each other while facing all the factors that play a role in a small town of Alaska.

My Project

My fourth grade students come from a very tight-knit community. Our community is more of a large family. We are from a small native village in Southeast Alaska. It is very hard for us in bush Alaska to be able to find the resources that are needed to keep our students engaged and learning every day. The prices here are also a large problem. The cost is high, and the take home is low. A lot of the teachers throughout our district spend personal money to be able to provide their students with proper learning materials.

Students are our next generation, the people that we will rely on to carry out our legacies.

Let's give them what they need now to be successful later. Reading is so important, as well as making sure that their basic needs are met so that they are able to reach academic success. Sometimes all they need it to know that they are safe, that there are people there that have their best interest at heart, and a little snack. Some of my kids only receive food within the district, as the food cost is high, and sometimes not even shipped in our town for long periods of time. I would like to be able to meet Maslow's needs within every one of my students so that I can build those relationships, and teach them to the best of my ability.

Ms. Melissa
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Goosebumps (30 Books) • AKJ Education $156.91 1 $156.91
Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set • AKJ Education $150.33 1 $150.33
Variety Fun Office Snacks (240 Count) - Bulk Assortment - Over 20 Pounds of Chips Cookies & Candy • Amazon Business $139.99 1 $139.99
Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair for Kids and Adults. Premium Canvas Stuffie Seat - Cover ONLY (Navy with White Stars 200L/52 Gal) • Amazon Business $28.99 2 $57.98
Black Beauty • AKJ Education $3.64 10 $36.40
Captain Underpants (8 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $35.86 1 $35.86
Butterfly Craze Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair – Stuff ‘n Sit Toy Bag Floor Lounger for Kids, Teens and Adult |Extra Large 200L/52 Gal Capacity |Premium Cotton Canvas (Camouflage) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Variety Pack, 58 Bars • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Claudia and Mean Janine • AKJ Education $16.13 1 $16.13
Welch's Fruit Snacks, Fruit Rolls, Variety Pack, Strawberry, Berry, Tropical, 42 Count • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Pepperidge Farm, Goldfish, Crackers, Bold Mix, 29.4 oz., Variety Pack Box, Snack Packs, 30-count • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Spotlight on Coding Club! #4 • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Lights, Music, Code! #3 • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
The Friendship Code #1 • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
The Baby-Sitters Club 4 Claudia and Mean Janine • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Dawn and the Impossible Three: Full-Color Edition (The Baby- • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Baby-Sitters Club 3 Mary Anne Saves the Day • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Kristy's Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) Full Color Edition • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cheddar Crackers, 45 Oz, Multi-pack Box, 30-count 1.5 oz. Snack Packs • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Welch's Fruit Snacks, Mixed Fruit, 40 Count • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Baby-Sitters Club #1: Kristy's Great Idea • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Baby-Sitters Club #2: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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