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Ms. Ostwald Kowald from Appleton WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books: Bound for Success

My students need high-interest, low reading level books for struggling readers who need to experience success.

  • $577 goal

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My Students

Every year my students span a wide range of reading levels. This year the range is wider than usual, and there are more struggling readers than ever. In fact, several children in my class still read at a first grade level - when they read at all.

Students need to read on their own to maintain and build their reading skills.

And therein lies my challenge. I need to help them read, read as much as possible, and read often. To achieve this goal, I need to provide these students with books they can read and books they want to read. This material needs to be easy to read, easy to comprehend, yet exciting and fun. Older students who struggle to read don’t want their peers to see them struggle; they need to maintain the appearance of success. Thus, their books should physically resemble those at higher levels, while being high-interest and at a low reading level. In order to maintain their current reading abilities, they need to read at least five books a week. To grow as readers, they need to read more. Please consider donating money to support reading instruction for these uniquely needy students.

My Project

By donating to Books: Bound for Success you will help buy good stories, exciting classics, revised to fit the reading ability of readers who struggle. Your money will also help supplement students' science knowledge with the easy-yet exciting science reader set. My students can read these books and therefore will read them. Learning that reading is a pleasure will encourage them to read more, which in turn will help them become more proficient readers.

Books like these Classic Starts collections and Science Readers are exciting and motivating and resemble age-appropriate books, inspiring children to read willingly and read more often.

They need books so they can be Bound for Success.

Ms. Ostwald Kowald
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 10 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BOOK PLANTS AND ANIMALS CLASSROOM PACK SET OF 72 • School Specialty Inc. $238.72 1 $238.72
Adventure Books Set (Classic Starts Series) Johann David Wyss, Anna Sewell, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells • Barnes and Noble $21.36 2 $42.72
Boy Books Set (Classic Starts Series) James Fenimore Cooper, Jack London, Daniel Defo, Robert Louis Stevenson • Barnes and Noble $21.36 2 $42.72
Girl Books Set (Classic Starts Series) Lucy Maud Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Franes Hodgson Burnett • Barnes and Noble $21.36 2 $42.72
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Classic Starts Series) Mark Twain, Lucy Corvino (Illustrator), Abridged by Martin Woodside, Arthur Pober (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 3 $15.24
Fantasy Books Set (Classic Starts Series) J. M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Carlo Collodi, Bram Stoker • Barnes and Noble $21.36 2 $42.72

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