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Mr. Merkin from Melrose Park IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Library Face Lift

Help me give my students books, books, and more books! We are beefing up the classroom library. My students are craving more great books to read to help satisfy that reading hunger!

  • $621 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are passionate lifelong learners who are eager to explore the world around them. They enjoy asking thought-provoking questions and digging deeper into the depth of knowledge in our world. They love to showcase their amazing talents each day, and we grow as a collaborative learning community each day. There are 20 students who come from low income households. Students get free/reduced lunch and get lots of help with hygiene and other basic needs. Our school bands together with our community to support our students and give them everything they need to succeed, but it not without struggles. Students in the school are very diverse and come from a variety of ethic backgrounds. We do well to help promote cultural diversity as best we can. My students truly care about their learning and just want the same success as any other school.

This group of students are a one-of-a-kind class that loves to learn.

We are eager to push our thinking and not just settle with an answer that everyone knows. We push each other to be better each and every day. We help one another and learn from each other.

My Project

My library has been neglected for far too long and needs a face lift. Students in my class have requested to read a variety of books and I hopefully aim to deliver. My students really want to help their reading diet by selecting different types of books, but have limited choices. Most of the books I have chosen are directly requested by my students themselves.

Students need more choices to help them dive into a good book more often.

Too often they get disinterested with reading because of the lack of a book they want to read. I want to get books they enjoy and keep their noses in the books so they can continue their love of reading.

Mr. Merkin
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Who Was? Nonfiction (24 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $107.57 1 $107.57
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • AKJ Education $32.09 1 $32.09
Amulet Boxset: Books 1-3 • AKJ Education $28.45 1 $28.45
Wayside School Boxed Set • AKJ Education $13.12 1 $13.12
Big Nate Triple Play Box Set In a Class by Himself, Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Lulu Is Getting a Sister • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Hilo Book 4: Waking the Monsters • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Sisters • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Ghosts • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Smile • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Big Nate Makes the Grade • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: from the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Big Nate: From The Top • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
A Dog's Purpose • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Dog Man and Cat Kid • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Big Nate I Can't Take It! • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Lulu's Mysterious Mission • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Lulu Walks the Dogs • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education $6.24 1 $6.24
Jack The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Deep Zone • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Lulu and the Brontosaurus • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Unstoppable • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The 39-Story Treehouse • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The 13-Story Treehouse • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The 26-Story Treehouse • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Big Nate Flips Out • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Pinch Hit • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Left Out • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
One Day at Horrorland (Classic Goosebumps #5) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Monster Blood (Classic Goosebumps #3) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps #1) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Haunted Mask (Classic Goosebumps #4) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Deep Trouble (Classic Goosebumps #2) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens (The Bad Guys #4) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Bad Guys in The Furball Strikes Back (The Bad Guys #3) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable (The Bad Guys #2) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

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