More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Classroom Library Shelving for Newly Donated Books
My students need two Books on Wheels Mobile Libraries to be organized and have easy access to their books.
I currently teach fourth grade, however for the 2008 - 2009 school year I will loop with my current fourth grade students to teach them as fifth graders. 70% of the elementary school student body is comprised of English Language Learners. This means most of them come from a home where the family primarily speaks a language (typically Spanish) other than English. Approximately 80% of the students receive free or reduced lunch and the area in which my students live is considered low income. All of my students have many types of learning styles, strengths, weaknesses and personalities.
After visiting with the families of my students at their homes, I've seen firsthand that most of my students own few books. In fact, if they own any books at all, they are not interesting to them and my students choose not to read them. The families of my students cannot always afford to purchase books or know how to help their children read in English. After submitting proposals for new books, I now have a classroom library that is rich with literature my students are inspired to read. However the books are unorganized because I do not have book shelves or containers in which to place them.
To provide easy access for students to select books that meet their interest and level, labeled book shelves are necessary. These book shelves will allow fifth grade students who typically wait once a week to check a book out at their school library, to check out books in their classroom with ease since their classroom library will be as organized as the school library.
Your contribution to this proposal will provide my students with the opportunity to view and select books that are organized and not placed in piles on the floor. Since the books will be organized by topic, genre and level, my students will be more likely to pick books they are interested in reading, and research shows that when children are engaged with the literature they choose they are more likely to benefit more from their reading.
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