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

Books for Backpacks (Part 2)

My students need popular and engaging books like Piggie and Elephant and Dr. Suess books in English and Spanish that they can take home and share with their families.

  • $459 goal

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My Students

First grade is such a huge year for learning. They come in as little kindergarteners and leave second graders. The amount they learn in first grade can arguably be the most a student learns in one year in their entire educational career. They learn how to read, write, add, subtract, and how to be a learner.

I teach in a low-income public school and have a high population of English Language Learners in my classroom.

This means that many of my students come to school without the adequate knowledge and experiences. They have a lot of catching up to do compared to a typical student. My goal is to do everything I can to decrease that gap and instill in them a love of learning.

My Project

To become confident readers, students need to be able to continue practicing their reading at home. I would like to provide my students with opportunities to earn books that they can keep at home and start their own personal libraries.

This project will assist my students in their journey of learning to read.

During our time together, students are provided with books that they read at school and then are allowed to bring them home to practice. But they must then return them to school so others can read them. I want them to have great, high-interest books that they know and love that they can keep at home and call their own.

This project will provide them with familiar and loved books like Elephant and Piggie, Dr. Suess and others in English and Spanish. It will allow my students to have books of their own at home that they can read and share with their families for years.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elephant & Piggie 10 Book Set • Amazon Business $73.64 1 $73.64
The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss 20 Reading Books Collection Gift Box Set • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems - 5 book paperback bundle set. I'm A Frog; Let's Go for a Drive; I Will Surprise My Friend; I Am Invited to a Party; Happy Pig Day. 5 book collection. • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
LEGO® Ninjago Reader Pack: 7 Book Set: #1: Way of the Ninja / #2: Masters of Spinjitzu / #3: The Golden Weapons / #4: Rise of the Snakes / #5: A Ninja's Path / #6 Pirates vs. Ninja / #7 The Green Ninja • Amazon Business $29.37 1 $29.37
¿Debo compartir mi helado? (Spanish Edition) (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Henry and Mudge Ready-to-Read Value Pack: Henry and Mudge; Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move; Henry and Mudge in the Green Time; Henry and Mudge ... and Mudge and the Happy Cat (Henry & Mudge) • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
El Gato Ensombrerado (The Cat in the Hat Spanish Edition) (Beginner Books(R)) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Huevos verdes con jamón • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Disney Princess Reading Book Set -- Collection of 4 Classic Stories and Stickers (Spanish and English) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
¡Esperar no es fácil! (Spanish Edition) (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
¡Tienes un pájaro en la cabeza! (Spanish Edition) (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $8.86 1 $8.86
Dragones y Tacos (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Un Pez, Dos Peces, Pez Rojo, Pez Azul (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books (Hardcover)) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
Donde viven los monstruos • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
¡No Dejes Que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobus! (Pigeon Series) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40
National Geographic Readers: Los Gatos vs. Los Perros (Cats vs. Dogs) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Los Animales Mas Mortales (Deadliest Animals) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Los Lobos (Wolves) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Los Pingüinos (Penguins) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Los Pandas (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Grandes Migraciones: Las Ballenas (Great Migrations: Whales) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Los Dinosaurios (Dinosaurs) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
¿Eres Mi Mama? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.61 1 $3.61

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