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Mrs. Coffman from Clinton IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need books at home! Help put books in the hands and homes of these low-income readers to improve literacy and achievement.

  • $1,108 goal

This project expired on June 5, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The first thing many students do as they enter my classroom is head to the library to check out a new book. Students often pull a book from their book box during any available time. These students are eager to talk about the books they are reading and recommend them to a friend or teacher.

Over fifty percent of the students at my rural school are low-income.

Many of their homes do not have a single book. During the summer months, these students do not have access to books. This puts the low-income students at a severe disadvantage for school success. According to the National Summer Learning Association, low-income students lose two to three months in reading achievement over the summer, while their higher-income peers tend to make slight gains. By the fifth grade, cumulative years of summer learning loss can leave low-income students up to three years behind their peers.

My Project

I want to gather a large number of new, high-interest fiction and nonfiction books to give away to low-income students on the last day of school. Students will be invited to “shop” for the books that interest them from a large selection of new books. These will be their very own books to read over and over. I want to foster family reading in each of these homes by providing my students with books to keep. Having access to books over the summer months reinforces good learning habits, a love of reading and is critical to maintaining a child's achievement level. "Summer learning loss accounts for an astounding 80% of the income-based achievement gap ." (Allington and Franzen) Please help provide my students with great books like Let's Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book), Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators, I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters, Can We Save the Tiger?, and Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears.

Through your generous donations toward the purchase of new books for these deserving readers, you are giving the gift of reading.

This program provides a fail-safe way for ALL kids to have books. Summer is when having access to books matters the most to school-aged children. ALL children need to grow up with books and lots of them!

Mrs. Coffman
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 330 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bad Kitty's Very Very Bad Boxed Set (#2) • Amazon Business $18.89 2 $37.78
Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner) • Amazon Business $18.28 2 $36.56
The Shadow Children, the Complete Series: Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons; Among the Brave; Among the Enemy; Among the Free • Amazon Business $35.71 1 $35.71
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) • Amazon Business $11.88 3 $35.64
Nic Bishop Snakes • Amazon Business $15.98 2 $31.96
Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $15.26 2 $30.52
Henry and Mudge Ready-to-Read Value Pack: Henry and Mudge; Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move; Henry and Mudge in the Green Time; Henry and Mudge ... and Mudge and the Happy Cat (Henry & Mudge) • Amazon Business $9.75 3 $29.25
Nic Bishop: Marsupials • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
Nic Bishop Spiders (Sibert Honor Book) • Amazon Business $14.01 2 $28.02
Gravity • Amazon Business $13.92 2 $27.84
Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs • Amazon Business $13.71 2 $27.42
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) • Amazon Business $13.70 2 $27.40
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Box Set: Books 1-4 • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life • Amazon Business $12.22 2 $24.44
Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue • Amazon Business $12.00 2 $24.00
Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Let's Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $7.13 3 $21.39
Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators • Amazon Business $10.13 2 $20.26
I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters • Amazon Business $10.00 2 $20.00
Nature Attacks! (I Survived True Stories #2) • Amazon Business $9.54 2 $19.08
Are You Ready to Play Outside? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $6.08 3 $18.24
Can We Save the Tiger? • Amazon Business $9.08 2 $18.16
Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears • Amazon Business $5.96 3 $17.88
Mountain Dog • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy • Amazon Business $15.61 1 $15.61
The Split History of World War II: A Perspectives Flip Book (Perspectives Flip Books) • Amazon Business $7.23 2 $14.46
The Split History of the Civil War: A Perspectives Flip Book (Perspectives Flip Books) • Amazon Business $7.10 2 $14.20
Hope for Winter: The True Story of A Remarkable Dolphin Friendship • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Bink and Gollie • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Mr. Putter & Tabby See the Stars • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Tales for Very Picky Eaters • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1 • Amazon Business $4.81 2 $9.62
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $4.75 2 $9.50
Scary Stories Box Set: Scary Stories, More Scary Stories, and Scary Stories 3 • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
The Princess in Black • Amazon Business $4.50 2 $9.00
Fly Guy Presents: Snakes (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
Splat the Cat Dreams Big • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Hoot, Owl! • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Deadliest Animals • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Meteors • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Cats vs. Dogs • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Tigers • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Storms! • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
National Geographic Readers: Titanic • Amazon Business $2.25 2 $4.50
National Geographic Readers: Weird Sea Creatures • Amazon Business $2.25 2 $4.50

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