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Ms. Petitt from New Providence NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students access to literacy materials! I am requesting 3 dozen new social-emotional learning picture books for our library and guided reading resources to improve instruction.

  • $692 goal

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My Students

I am so lucky to be the teacher for 7 AMAZING students this year. I teach Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in a special education school. Our program is brand new and growing so quickly! We currently serve students K-7 and have grown from 1 to 7 students in less than 8 months.

Almost all of my students have been alive less than 10 years and have endured more than most adults I've ever met.

They are bright, triumphant, creative and hilarious. They've experienced trauma and adversity - but they are also beginning to experience support, consistency, success and confidence like they have never felt before.

More than 80% of the students in our program receive free or reduced price lunches. My students spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes on the bus to school each day to arrive at our out of district placement. It's my hope that by the time they get to us, our classroom is a safe, cheerful, comforting space for them to learn, grow, love and be loved.

My Project

Less than a year ago, I entered a classroom with less than 20 books on the shelves. Largely through generous donations and used book purchases we have built a small classroom library. Unfortunately, we are still lacking in books related to social-emotional learning topics. With many of my students having limited access to a large variety of books at home, I feel particularly burdened to provide access to these materials at school.

Literacy is critical for all students but for students who struggle with expressing themselves and regulating their emotions, the language, communication and discussion opportunities created by reading books is immeasurable.

Through expanding our social-emotional book library, we will be able to increase both our literacy skills and our ability to empathize with characters and others in our world.

The characters in the stories we will read have been bullied, been left out, felt different, overcome trials and persevered - just like many of my students. The opportunity for my students to see themselves in characters in the story is second to none. Between an expanded classroom library and the guided reading materials necessary to teach critical reading skills, my students will soar to higher reading levels, better regulate their emotions and continue to chase their goals.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading book + The Guided Reading Teacher's Companion • Amazon Business $48.94 1 $48.94
Ibex DryErase Desktop Whiteboard Easel: Magnetic Tabletop Double Sided Non Ghosting White Board, Portable Erasable Whiteboards with Paper Clip, Magnetic Numbers, 2 Color Markers with Eraser Tip • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
My Princess Boy • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
The Magician's Hat • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
Elephant Who Tried To Tiptoe (The) • Amazon Business $15.14 1 $15.14
Tabletop Desktop Pocket Chart with Bonus 20X Dry Erase Cards. Double Sided and Self-Standing (13” X 12”) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $14.96 1 $14.96
Giraffe Problems • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Misunderstood Shark • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $14.26 1 $14.26
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure • Amazon Business $13.83 1 $13.83
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
Train Your Dragon To Accept NO: Teach Your Dragon To Accept ‘No’ For An Answer. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Disagreement, Emotions and Anger Management (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Angry Dragon: Teach Your Dragon To Be Patient. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Emotions and Anger Management. (Dragon Books for Kids) (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon To Understand Consequences: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Choices and Consequences. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How To Make Good Choices. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety: Train Your Dragon To Overcome Anxiety. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How To Deal With Anxiety, Worry And Fear. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
I Need a Hug • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
There Might Be Lobsters • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
How to Read a Story • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
The Wall in the Middle of the Book • Amazon Business $11.46 1 $11.46
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About their Bodies in Pictures and Words • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Moses Goes to a Concert • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Dragons Love Tacos • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47

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