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Ms. Chero from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Getting Comfortable With Reading

My students need access to on-level text and comfortable areas to enjoy them.

  • $693 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work with the most inspiring students! They are middle school special education students from a high poverty area within Philadelphia. Despite all of the challenges they face, they are eager to learn and always put forth their best effort. As a teacher, I am so fortunate to have such amazing students in my life!

Students in my classroom have been identified as needing special education services and attend a title 1 school, but they don't let that define them.

My Project

My students are reading at least 2 grades below level and have little exposure to literature outside of the classroom. Many of them enjoy reading, but struggle with what is offered in our middle school. All children deserve the right to books and the joy that comes with diving into a new novel. My project will provide students will an assortment of books to chose from that are on their reading level, but also of middle school and teenager interest. Specifically many students have requested graphic novels, about half of the list of books for this project is made up of graphic novels. Graphic novels are compelling to students and the use of pictures helps guide reading comprehension. Additionally, my students lack a place to read their books comfortably. Providing students with bean bag chairs, wobble seats for desk chairs, and a rug will let them relax while they read and help eliminate distractions. Lastly, a bookshelf will be used to store the books and keep the safe. Students will be assigned as librarians to organize the books and make sure they are all on the shelf. This will help them learn the Dewey Decimal system and help them practice their ordering skills in a fun way.

Student who are exposed to more text and read frequently are more confident in the classroom.

I want all of my students to know that they are capable of anything and that they ARE bright young scholars. This project will help us gain confidence and be great readers!

Ms. Chero
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Joe 645614 Dorm Bean Bag Chair, Sapphire • Amazon Business $36.88 1 $36.88
Big Joe 645614 Dorm Bean Bag Chair, Sapphire • Amazon Business $36.88 1 $36.88
Sauder 415541 Beginnings 3-Shelf Bookcase, Soft White Finish • Amazon Business $36.58 1 $36.58
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $29.16 1 $29.16
LOCHAS Ultra Soft Indoor Area Rugs Fluffy Living Room Carpets Suitable for Children Bedroom Home Decor Nursery Rugs 4 Feet by 5.3 Feet (Blue) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Kick Bands Bouncy Chair Bands for Kids - Alternative Flexible Seating Classroom Supplies for Elementary School - ADHD Sensory Fidgets for Classroom Chairs - Bounce Fidget Band by Solace (10-Pack) • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
2 Pack - SueSport Air Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion, Balance Disc, Twist Massage, 14 Inch, Blue • Amazon Business $27.45 1 $27.45
Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume • Amazon Business $21.71 1 $21.71
Epic Zero Series: Books 1-3: Epic Zero Collection • Amazon Business $15.09 1 $15.09
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
All's Faire in Middle School • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #6) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Trapped in a Video Game: Book Four (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Giver (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Trapped in a Video Game: Book Three (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Ghosts • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Real Friends • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Invisible Emmie • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
The City of Ember • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Holes (Holes Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Because of Winn-Dixie • Amazon Business $7.94 1 $7.94
Positively Izzy • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Sisters • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
Trapped in a Video Game (Book 2): The Invisible Invasion • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Trapped in a Video Game (Book 1) • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Smile • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Drama • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
Bud, Not Buddy • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Wish • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5) • Amazon Business $6.51 1 $6.51
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Forest Friends Bookplates • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Number the Stars • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Bridge to Terabithia • Amazon Business $5.46 1 $5.46
Tonnier Hand-painted Style Design Bookmarks 30pcs SWeet Summer • Amazon Business $5.09 1 $5.09
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future (Captain Underpants) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49

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