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  • $385 goal

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Mrs. Whittle
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

Giving the Gift of Reading

My students need a large variety of books to develop reading skills and a love of learning with elementary students in our high school cross age tutoring program.

My Students

The inability to read hampers all success. Through tutoring elementary students, low achieving high school students improve their reading skills, develop self esteem, and build a love for reading to pass on to their future children.

I am a high school English teacher at a rural public high school in a mining and farming community.

Over one third of our students are on free or reduced lunch. Because of changes in the economy, the job market is bleak and many of these students come from homes where education was not a priority because of the previous security of mining jobs. The students in my Readers Choice class are usually "at risk" students including foster kids, pregnant teenagers, and students who read at a low level or are in danger of not graduating. Tutoring at the early elementary level helps to improve their reading skills as they again read at the level at which most of them stopped reading because it was difficult. They feel that they are doing a service to the elementary kids, who are actually helping to build the high school kids. This is a win/win situation as they work together to accomplish the difficult task of learning to read, while developing friendships and a love of learning.

My Project

When I began this program about fifteen years ago, I had written and received a Service Learning Grant. My class size was limited to 15-20 students and I had funds to purchase elementary level books. This year I have had classes of 30 plus students and we are still using the same books, many of which have been lost or worn out. Yesterday three elementary students brought books to me and asked if I could glue the pages in so they could finish reading. Last week I was able to find a bargain set of Magic Tree House books that I bought with my own money. The elementary students have been voraciously reading. With new books, the enthusiasm level goes up and students get more excited about reading, thus developing reading skills and a love of learning. Reading is the key to success in school and in life. When students can read, they are able to succeed.

Teaching low achieving high school students is a challenge.

Most are from homes where reading was not important, so they quit reading. By reading with elementary students, the spark is rekindled and high school students learn to read. They recognize the importance of consistent practice and develop "parenting skills" to motivate and encourage reading. Most importantly, as I attend local wedding receptions, many of my former students promise me that they will read with their own children.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dr. Seuss • AKJ Books $39.92 1 $39.92
Farm Animals: Horses Cecilia Minden • AKJ Books $18.72 1 $18.72
Arctic Fox: Very Cool! Stephen Person • AKJ Books $18.45 1 $18.45
Deadly Poison Dart Frogs Jennifer Dussling • AKJ Books $15.53 1 $15.53
The Secret Lives of Princesses Philippe Lechermeier, Rebecca • AKJ Books $14.56 1 $14.56
The Story of Ferdinand Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrato • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Horses Seymour Simon, Seymour Simon (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Alligators and Crocodiles Gail Gibbons (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $13.10 1 $13.10
Seabiscuit: The Wonder Horse Meghan McCarthy, Meghan McCarth • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Re • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Flat Stanley Collection Box Set, The • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Sharks (Eye Wonder Series) DK Publishing • AKJ Books $8.02 1 $8.02
Ten Apples up on Top! • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Big Cats • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Big Snow • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
St. George & The Dragon • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Owls • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Bears in the Forest: Read & Wonder Karen Wallace, Barbara Fi • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Winter''s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Fritz Beautiful Horses • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Girl Who Loved Wild Horse • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
All Pigs Are Beautiful • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Penguins • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Gorillas • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Skunks • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Elephants Melissa Stewart • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Pigs Robert N. Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Africa''s Big Three • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Look Out for Turtles • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Why Frogs Are Wet • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Bears! (Time for Kids Series) Editors Of Time For Kids, Nico • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91

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