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Mrs. Vounas from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fill Our Room with Stacks of Books!

Help me give my students exciting books they are able to read by themselves and also a collection of heart-warming books by famous authors I can read aloud to my class.

  • $854 goal

This project expired on June 27, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from many different neighborhoods throughout the city of Philadelphia. Every child in my class receives a free breakfast and lunch everyday. Even though many of them suffer tremendous hardships at home,when they come through the doors of my classroom they are energetic,enthusiastic,and cheerful.

Our classroom is like a magical place for them where they have learned they can always feel safe,cared about, and respected by all.

Every child in my room honestly loves learning! The second they come in the classroom they peek on my desk and look all around in excitement to discover any clues about what we will be learning that day.

My Project

My students absolutely love to read but the saddest thing is our school is so poor we have no money to buy any books. Each child in my classroom has a special book bag. Two times a week they go "Book Shopping" for their own level books in our bins. Then, they find a comfortable place in our room to sit and read. Our biggest obstacle is our different level bins do not have enough books for all the students.

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip!

Our bins need to be filled with exciting and engaging books like the ones I picked out for this project. Research indicates if students are not successful readers by the end of second grade, they will never be able to catch up. I want my students to become the strongest readers they can be.

Exposing children to high quality literature, written by wonderful authors and with amazing illustrations is another important aspect of teaching children to be successful life-long readers. As part of this project I also ordered books I can read aloud to the students. Books written by famous authors like Kevin Henkes and Jan Brett.

I can not begin to express how excited seeing and reading new books makes my students. There is an old saying, "A Book is a Gift you can open again and again" and this proves to be so true for all my students.

Mrs. Vounas
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BK READ EXPL IMAG FIC READ ER FLENT S/30 • School Specialty $227.19 1 $227.19
Guided Reading Collection: Level M Fiction (20 books) • AKJ Education $97.12 1 $97.12
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Mossy • Amazon Business $15.36 1 $15.36
My Garden • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
The Gruffalo (Picture Books) • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Waiting • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Birds • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
When Spring Comes • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Rigby PM Collection: Individual Student Edition Gold (Levels 21-22) King Midas and the Golden Touch • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
The Year of Billy Miller • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Honey... Honey... Lion! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Chocolate Touch • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Crenshaw • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Oliver and Hope's Amusing Adventure (Oliver & Hope) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Animal Rescue Club (I Can Read Level 4) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Last Puppy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Curious George Flies a Kite • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Koala Lou • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Jamaica's Find • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
African Animals • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Amazing Tigers! (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Wild, Wild Wolves (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
How Not to Babysit Your Brother (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $4.78 1 $4.78
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express (I Can Read Level 3) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Cam Jansen: The Catnapping Mystery #18 • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Horrible Harry's Secret • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Soccer Sam (Step into Reading, Step 4) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! • Amazon Business $4.09 1 $4.09
How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading 4) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Hungry Plants (Step-into-Reading, Step 4) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Flappy and Scrappy (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Meteors • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Emma's Strange Pet (I Can Read Level 3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
To the Top! Climbing the World's Highest Mountain (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
My Parents Think I'm Sleeping (I Can Read Level 3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Marley: Strike Three, Marley! (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Kick, Pass, and Run (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Minnie and Moo: The Night of the Living Bed (I Can Read Level 3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut (I Can Read Book 3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
A Poor Excuse for a Dragon (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
M & M and the Bad News Babies • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Snowshoe Thompson • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Horrible Harry and the Green Slime • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Pinky and Rex and the Bully • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Horrible Harry in Room 2B • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Pinky and Rex • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Grandma Mix-Up • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
A Baby Panda Is Born • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49
Molly the Brave and Me • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
When I Get Bigger (Little Critter) • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
OLIVIA and the Best Teacher Ever • AKJ Education $2.00 1 $2.00
Max to the Rescue • AKJ Education $2.00 1 $2.00
OLIVIA and the Ice Show • AKJ Education $1.95 1 $1.95
Ruby Gets Crafty • AKJ Education $1.85 1 $1.85

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