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Mrs. DeMarco from Newark NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books that Change Our Future

My students need 69 books on their reading level and we are in a middle school without k-3 grade books! These books seem basic, but will challenge my students.

  • $399 goal

This project expired on April 22, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you know what it’s like to struggle as a reader? Can you imagine being in 5th grade and you struggle with every book that your teacher hands you? It is not fair that my students have to struggle and become frustrated because I cannot provide material for their reading abilities.

I teach a special ed inclusion fifth grade literacy class and my students need your help because they are lacking the basic comprehension skills to help them succeed in their lives.

These students are from a rough inner city where they face poverty, violence, and gang activity every day of their lives. Every day they come to school is another day that I strive to play catch-up with them because they are behind multiple grade levels. They are lacking the basic skills to read and comprehend what they are reading. Besides struggling in reading, they are also facing the problem of hyper activity which is hard to handle with trying to sit down and read and build comprehension as well as vocabulary. Half of the class is classified as special needs and those students in particular face multiple challenges while trying to reach their IEP goals and trying to live their life in a rough inner city.

My Project

The resources that I requested for your help will not only benefit these students for my class, but they will be beneficial for their rest of their lives. I requested basic books to give my students the confidence when reading. These books include essential life reading skills such as learning the sounds in order to read as well as basic sight words. I have students who are struggling with the sounds of letters and cannot sound out words. These basic books will help build a foundation for these students to begin the building blocks for the rest of their lives. They are functioning on a second to third grade vocabulary work bank and if they continue they will graduate high school with a middle school vocabulary and a middle school reading comprehension level. These items that I requested will impact these students for the rest of their lives so that when they leave my class, hopefully they will be leaving on grade level or above. Please help!

You will make is possible to give my students something that they can retain and carry with them for the rest of their lives.

In life you need to know how to read and comprehend and these children will have a hard time functioning without these basic skills that we acquired through our education. They face situations that will alter our lives every day of their lives and they need our help! They need these basic skills not only for my class, but for the rest of their lives.

Mrs. DeMarco
Grades 3-5
  • Camden Middle School
  • Newark, NJ
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Letters to Copy Miles • AKJ BOOKS $3.31 1 $3.31
Chillin' with Friends Leigh Olsen • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Testing Miss Malarkey Judy Finchler, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
The Wildest Heart (Phantom Stallion Series #16) Terri Farley • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Thank You, Thanksgiving David Milgrim • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
My First Halloween Tomie dePaola • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The Movie Storybook (Ice Age Series) Layla Rose • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Lost in Africa Judy Katschke • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Christmas Is Here, Corduroy! Don Freeman • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Sheep Trick or Treat Nancy E. Shaw, Margot Apple (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Halloween Party Salina Yoon • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Halloween--What A Treat! Lisa Ann Marsoli, Lucy Barnard (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
The Big Race (innovativeKids Readers Series Level 2) Nora Gaydos, Paula Becker (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The Junior Novel (Ice Age Series) Susan Korman • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Little Mermaid:(Strawberry Shortcake Berry Fairy Tales Series) Megan E. Bryant, John Huxtable (Illustrator), Tonja Huxtable (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
G-Force: The Movie Storybook Nate Cosby • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Valentine Surprise Corinne Demas • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Let's Visit Farmer Jed: Panorama Stickerbook Carol Monica • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Katy Duck, Dance Star (Katy Duck Series) Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Stuck on Puffles (Club Penguin Series) Unknown • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Math Sticker Stories: Dress Up Grosset & Dunlap, Sonja Lamut (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
TMNT Movie Sticker Book Irene Kilpatrick, Screenplay by Kevin Munroe • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
Incredible Shrinking Adventure (Little Einsteins Series) Marcy Kelman, Tk (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
The Big Brain Workout Jack Botermans, Heleen Tichler • AKJ BOOKS $2.11 1 $2.11
Powwow ABC Coloring Book Sandy Hummingbird • AKJ BOOKS $2.34 1 $2.34
Curious George and the Bunny H. A. Rey, H. A. Rey (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.54 1 $2.54
Sea Life Stickers in Full Color: 48 Pressure-Sensitive Designs Valerie Kells • AKJ BOOKS $2.82 1 $2.82
Are Chickens Stripy?: A Lift-The-Flape Books Amanda Leslie • AKJ BOOKS $2.82 1 $2.82
ABC Picture Puzzle: With 26 Reusable Peel-and-Apply Stickers Anna Pomaska, Pomaska • AKJ BOOKS $2.82 1 $2.82
Dinosaur Stickers and Seals: 48 Full-Color Pressure-Sensitive Designs Matthew Kalmenoff • AKJ BOOKS $2.82 1 $2.82
Jurassic Dinosaurs Sticker Picture Jan Sovak • AKJ BOOKS $2.82 1 $2.82
Mrs. Spitzer's Garden Edith Pattou, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Jelly Belly: A Book About Shapes Unknown, Manufactured by Grosset & Dunlap • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Kung Fu Panda: The Movie Storybook Catherine Hapka, Justin Gerard (Illustrator), Marcelo Matere (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
My Little People School Bus Doris Tomaselli, Carolyn Bracken • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Curious Baby Curious George: My Little Boat H. A. Rey, Greg Paprocki (Illustrator), Based On Work by Margret Rey • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
My Kindergarten Rosemary Wells, Rosemary Wells (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Marvel Villains: Mix and Match David Roe, Roberto Campus (Illustrator), Michelangelo Almeida (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Marvel Adventures Iron Man/Spider-Man Digest Matteo Lolli (Artist), David Michelinie, Gerry Conway, Bob Layton, Paul Tobin • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Back to School! (Fisher Price Little People Series) Ellen Weiss, SI Artists (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
My Little People School Bus Doris Tomaselli, Carolyn Bracken • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Pepper Picks a Pumpkin (Pepper Plays, Pulls, and Pops! Series) Linda Bleck, Linda Bleck (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes I Card Game with Cards Virginijus Poshkus (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.85 1 $2.85
Fun with Pup!: Activity Book J. R. Rose • AKJ BOOKS $3.29 1 $3.29
Make Mine With Everything, Vol. 2 Heather Sander • AKJ BOOKS $3.29 1 $3.29
Mind Challenging Puzzle Book Emily Cox, Paul Sloane, Henry Hook, Henry Rathvon, Des MacHale • AKJ BOOKS $3.29 1 $3.29
Soccer Dreamin': The Golden Goal Mark Santel, Steve Santel, Gary Laronde (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.29 1 $3.29
Red, Blue, and Yellow Too! Contribution by Children's Press • AKJ BOOKS $3.29 1 $3.29
Dogs (DK Pockets Series) DK Publishing, David Taylor • AKJ BOOKS $3.31 1 $3.31
The Wrong Side of the Pattern Kristin Embry Litchman, Kristin E. Litchmao • AKJ BOOKS $3.31 1 $3.31
Geometry at School: It's Everyplace You Are, Grade K School Specialty Publishing • AKJ BOOKS $3.31 1 $3.31
Physical Science at Home: It's Everyplace You Are! School Specialty Publishing • AKJ BOOKS $3.31 1 $3.31
Alphabet Publications International Staff (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $3.31 1 $3.31
Jobs All Around Judith Moffatt, Judith Moffatt (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.77 1 $3.77
What Will I Become? (Learning Pictures Series) Dorothea DePrisco, Annie Lunsford (Illustrator), Designed by Treesha Runnells • AKJ BOOKS $3.77 1 $3.77
Green Giants: Rainforests of the Pacific Northwest Tom Parkin • AKJ BOOKS $3.77 1 $3.77
About Numbers with Cassette(S) Brighter Vision • AKJ BOOKS $3.77 1 $3.77
On the Way to Kindergarten Virginia Kroll, Elizabeth Schlossberg (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
Michael Recycle Ellie Bethel, Alexandra Colombo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
Bossy Bear David Horvath, David Horvath (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
Wild Card Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber, With Paul Mantell • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
Sandra Boynton's The Going to Bed Book! & Embroidered Blankie Sandra Boynton, Sandra Boynton (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard Gregory Rogers, Gregory Rogers (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
A Babysitter for Billy Bear Miriam Moss, Anna Currey (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!) Diane deGroat, Diane Degroat (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
Hip Hip Hooray for School! Workbook (Sesame Street Series) Staff of Sesame Workshop, Staff of Learning Horizons • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
March of the Penguins Luc Jacquet, Jerome Maison (Photographer), Narrated by Jordan Roberts • AKJ BOOKS $1.89 1 $1.89
CB500X - Dr. Seuss Classics Hardcover Library • Lakeshore Learning $85.00 1 $85.00
CS941 - Listen, Sing and Read Nursery Rhymes • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95

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