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Mr. Salvail from Portland OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating an Early Love for Reading with Graphic Novels

Help me give my students the tools to build their reading skills with books that will peak their interests and make reading fun! Graphic novels are a great new resource to encourage students to read with perseverance.

  • $349 goal

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My Students

The students in our school are special because they each come to school with a sense of community, family, and wonder despite the difficult situations or hardships they each have in their personal lives. I am amazed every single day, seeing the effort and dedication my students put forth. Homelessness, divorce, parent(s) in jail, gangs, abuse, lack of meals, or local shootings are sadly all too common with the population of children our school serves. Regardless of their personal home lives, they each deserve the same exposure and resources of children everywhere, including the more affluent areas of our city.

All students are special, but not all students are afforded the same resources or funding to help ensure they will have equal opportunities to meet the challenges of today and the future.

Our students are very interested in making a better life for themselves and their families at the age of eight. They have needed to grow up faster than their years to navigate a world that children are usually happily ignorant of. This knowledge has given them each an urgency to learn. They know that technology, science, and math will be keys to unlocking their futures!

My Project

Year after year, students entering 3rd grade are coming with below grade level phonics and comprehension skills. In 3rd grade, the focus moves away from learning how to read and moves towards reading with comprehension. The biggest problem I've found is keeping children's attention and focus on a book for any length of time.

With the goal of building my students' perseverance to read, I want to create a library of graphic novels to bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books.

Graphic novels have the length of a chapter book with the visual cues from the picture format.

I have already seen the progress and improvements my students have made with the graphic novels I already have. Now I ask for your help to increase this collection and hopefully increase the love for reading in my classroom

Mr. Salvail
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Okay Witch • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Beautiful: Game of crones • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Beautiful: A Girl's Trip Through the Looking Glass • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Beautiful: Living with the Frenemy • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Noise: A graphic novel based on a true story • Amazon Business $10.68 1 $10.68
Scary Summer (Goosebumps Graphix, No. 3) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The City of Ember: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
Coraline: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Stargazing • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Monsters Beware! (The Chronicles of Claudette) • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Hilda and the Troll: Book 1 (Hildafolk) • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Hilda and the Bird Parade: Book 3 (Hildafolk) • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
Hilda and the Stone Forest (Hildafolk) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Wizard of Oz: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Spirited Away, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Star Wars: Rogue One Graphic Novel Adaptation (Star Wars Movie Adaptations) • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
Nightlights • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Hilda and the Midnight Giant: Book 2 (Hildafolk) • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Terror Trips (Goosebumps Graphix, No. 2) • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47
Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board (Making Friends #2) • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Unicorn vs. Goblins (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 3): Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Unicorn Crossing (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 5): Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Max and the Midknights • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Short & Skinny • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 8) (Volume 8) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Rise of Herk, The (Nnewts #2) • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Best Friends • Amazon Business $5.71 1 $5.71
El Deafo • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29

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