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  • $888 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mrs. Retzlaff
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 17 donors
  • $0 still needed

Falling In Love With Books One Page At A Time

My students need 16 sets of engaging, age-appropriate books and 36 subscriptions to Time for Kids magazine to continue their journey in reading.

My Students

As a little girl I rarely left my small town, yet I floated the Mississippi with Huck Finn, explored a chocolate factory with Charlie and got into mischief alongside Ramona and Beezus. I saw the world with these characters and fell more in love with books with every page.

The 35 second grade students I have the privilege of spending my days with are energetic, positive, smart, funny, creative and have potential beyond my imagination.

These children, make me laugh, make me think, make me want to do better and sometimes make my heart ache. Over half of my students live in poverty with parents that are struggling to provide basic needs. Many of their families ask for assistance with clothes, food and school supplies. Books are not always a normal part of their households. No matter their socioeconomic status, all of these students have dreams and aspirations--I want to help make their dreams come true and fulfill their aspirations.

My Project

As Jacqueline Kennedy said, "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." I believe that by filling our classroom bookshelves with engaging, age-appropriate books my students will find characters they can relate to, go on adventures that take them outside of our small town and begin to see the world. I also believe that the greatest gift I can give my students is to develop their skills as readers. With a solid reading foundation, math, science, writing, and history all become easier to understand. The books and Time for Kids magazines that I am asking for target the specific lexile levels of my students and will benefit my students daily as I prepare them to be career and college ready.

Harry Truman said, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." I want my students to have the opportunity to become leaders in our school, our community, our world.

I want to equip them with the skills to read and the passion to never want to stop reading. I want for these students to be able to look back one day and be able to pinpoint the book, the character, the adventure that captured their heart, sparked their imagination and made them want to learn more.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
TIME For Kids - Grade 2 - 28 issues / Minimum of 10 subscriptions • Time for Kids $4.88 36 $175.68
A Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver Ali • AKJ Books $5.83 15 $87.45
Mr. Putter & Tabby Walk The Dog • AKJ Books $4.37 15 $65.55
Judy Moody was in a mood. Not a good mood. A bad mood • AKJ Books $4.37 15 $65.55
Nate the Great on the Owl Express • AKJ Books $3.64 15 $54.60
Nate the Great • AKJ Books $4.37 12 $52.44
Owl at Home • AKJ Books $2.91 15 $43.65
Hi! Fly Guy • AKJ Books $2.91 15 $43.65
Dinosaurs Before Dark • AKJ Books $3.64 10 $36.40
Poppleton • AKJ Books $2.91 12 $34.92
Judy Moody: Twice as Moody • AKJ Books $5.83 2 $11.66
Judy Moody, Declares Independence • AKJ Books $4.37 2 $8.74
Invisible Stanley • AKJ Books $3.64 2 $7.28
The U.S. Capital Commotion • AKJ Books $3.64 2 $7.28
Stanley, Flat Again! • AKJ Books $3.64 2 $7.28
Fly Guy Presents • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82
Space • AKJ Books $2.91 2 $5.82

Materials cost

$713.77

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.71

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$754.48

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$133.14

Total project goal

$887.62

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$887.62

16 Donors

-$852.04

Donations toward project cost

-$733.23

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$118.81

match offer

-$25.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$21.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$10.58

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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17 donors17 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 35 students.

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