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Mrs. Ott from Santa Rosa CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

For the Love of Literacy: A Book Vending Machine!

Help me give my students books to put in their hands to bridge the literacy gap and support the love of reading!

  • $6,302 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have been teaching kindergarten at my school for 22 years. Every day, I am greeted by 27 wonderful, smiling faces. I feel lucky to have a job that I love. Our community has been through a lot these past two years with the fires that swept through Sonoma County and now distance learning. School is the one place that they can come on a daily basis and know that they are safe! My school population is very diverse and challenging, but I wouldn't have it any other way! We are a Title I school, with 94% of our student population qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch. Many of my students do not even come with a backpack or supplies. I usually spend a significant amount of my own money buying supplies for the entire year.

My Project

Inchy's Bookworm Vending machine works by using a positive reward-based system to help encourage students to read more! Children have the opportunity to earn gold tokens to be used to vend their favorite book. How cool is that? Many other schools have seen their engagement rates with literacy skyrocket and kids are racing to the vending machine to get their next book! I would love to keep this vending machine stocked with all of the latest titles that students help choose and replenish. My goal is to have this up and running when students return to our campus! This is a school-wide project that will benefit over 400 kids. Please help me give our students the opportunity to get more books in their hands!

Mrs. Ott
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 25 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Inchy's Bookworm Vending Machine • Global Vending $3,795.00 1 $3,795.00
Picture Book Tray • Global Vending $125.00 2 $250.00
Tokens • Global Vending $50.00 1 $50.00

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