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Mrs. Matherne from Cadott WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Build Character

My students need picture books to help start conversations about kindness, empathy, respect, and responsibility.

  • $397 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My school is located in Cadott, Wisconsin. Cadott is located exactly half-way between the equator in the North Pole and has a population of 1,500 people. We live in a farming community filled with open spaces, wooded areas, and lots of farms. Our elementary school is a 4K-6th grade building. We are a Title I school with about 50% free and reduced-price lunch.

I have 20 boys and girls in my 2nd-grade classroom.

The students come from diverse backgrounds, home experiences, and environments. There are varying levels of academic development and varying levels of social & emotional development. However, they all share the same drive to learn new things and be good people.

It is my mission to meet the physical, academic, and emotional needs of each of my students. I strive to help my students become kind and caring adults, who accept others and show empathy for those around them.

My Project

Books are an exciting way to start conversations with younger students. The books I'm hoping to get for my second graders give me a starting point for conversations about the importance of being responsible, how to show empathy, being fair and accepting differences. Books such as The Bad Seed help students to understand that positive change is possible in every situation. The book What Do You Do With a Problem shows students that it's important to look hard at each problem and find positive ways to solve them.

Today, more than ever, it is important to start teaching our youngest students how to care about others, accept what makes them unique and show compassion for those around us.

These books will be the focus of many discussions about a variety of character education topics. They will give my students ideas about how they can use these lessons in their own lives.

Mrs. Matherne
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
What Should Danny Do? • Amazon Business $16.88 1 $16.88
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Beautiful Oops! • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
The Recess Queen • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Ida, Always • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Not Yet • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
The Judgemental Flower (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Bully B.E.A.N.S. • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
Tony Baloney School Rules • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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