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Mrs. Dillon from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Bridges for Life-Long Readers

Help me give my students actual books in their hands to align with our highly engaging reading curriculum. Each book goes along with our unit theme of Building Bridges.

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My Students

Our school, was founded in 2016 with our first group of 100 students ready to start the journey to college! Located in the heart of West Philly, an under-served and impoverished area of the city, we strive to provide all students with the keys to an empowered, choice-filled life through learning. Every day we exemplify what it means to be a team and family; we "work hard and be nice." During our first year together - we showed love, gratitude, grit, curiosity and bravery both in and out of the classroom.

My Project

These books align with our thematic reading curriculum. The theme for this unit is Building Bridges. Bridges—literal and figurative—are the focus of this unit.

Students learn about bridge-building, read stories with a bridge building theme, and reflect on the figurative bridges people build to connect to each other.

The two kinds of bridges, literal and figurative, are featured throughout the unit.

Sttudents will read two informational texts about bridge building to build foundational knowledge for the unit includingThe Golden Gate Bridge. This is followed by the first

fictional text, Pop’s Bridge, which creates a fictionalized story of a real disaster during the building of the Golden Gate Bridge that serves as a backdrop for a message about equality, teamwork and friendship. The next three texts are all complex stories about literal and/or figurative bridges from different cultures: Mackinac Bridge, about a family who relies on a ferryboat for their livelihood and their differing reactions to its replacement by a new bridge; Mirette on the High Wire, set in turn-of-the-century France and featuring an unlikely friendship between a young girl and a tightrope walker; and Four Feet, Two Sandals, about two young girls who become friends in a refugee camp on the Afghani-Pakistani border.

Mrs. Dillon
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pop's Bridge • AKJ Education $13.13 30 $393.90
Mackinac Bridge • AKJ Education $13.10 30 $393.00
Four Feet, Two Sandals • AKJ Education $12.41 30 $372.30
The Golden Gate Bridge • AKJ Education $6.56 30 $196.80
Mirette on the High Wire • AKJ Education $5.83 30 $174.90

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