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Mrs. Koelsch from Sandusky OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Brains Need a Growing Library II

My students need more books to continue growing their brains and expanding their repertoire of books and series to read. These books are both ones requested by my students and selections of mine for them.

  • $288 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students live and attend school in a low-income/high poverty district. A significant percentage of students qualify and receive free and/or reduced breakfast and lunch. My students face so many challenges; many I will never be able to understand. It can be difficult and heartbreaking to try and "convince" fourth grade students to leave their home and community struggles at the school door and to feel they have the same chances for success as others. One of the many joys I feel as a teacher is watching these same students learn and experience new things. Many of the things I teach my students in the classroom, they would never have access to outside of school. For many students, this even includes books to read.

My mission is to support my students in closing their gaps in learning and achievement while building self-esteem and fostering life-long learners.

I make it a point for my students to know that I am there to teach them about all aspects of their lives, not just "reading, writing and 'rithmetic."

However, while teaching in an urban public school, I often find it difficult to locate the funds to fully support their growth and achievement.

My Project

My first project asking for books for the students was such a success that my students are repeatedly asking for more! They have loved discovering the titles we received and expanding their knowledge of characters and authors through those texts. I have not only noticed an increase in their motivation to read, but a great improvement in their reading levels as they continue to devour the books in my classroom.

It's time for my students to discover some new series that they haven't yet tried!

Not only have my students requested more of the series that we have in the classroom, but they are more willing to accept my suggestions for new books. My hope is that by getting new books that aren't in the series they know but are by authors they know, they will branch out and attempt to read new and more complex texts. I know that my students will be over the moon to see new books in the classroom, yet again, and they will be motivated to continue learning and growing as we work through the second half of the year!

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

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The City of Ember Complete Boxed Set • Amazon Business $21.96 1 $21.96
House of Robots: Robot Revolution • Amazon Business $9.69 2 $19.38
Kingdom Keepers Boxed Set: Featuring Kingdom Keepers I, II, and III • Amazon Business $17.21 1 $17.21
Stick Dog • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
I Funny TV: A Middle School Story • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Bone: Quest for the Spark #3 • Amazon Business $10.34 1 $10.34
Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
I Funny: School of Laughs • Amazon Business $9.61 1 $9.61
Bone: Quest for the Spark #2 • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
House of Robots: Robots Go Wild! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Escape From Lucien (Amulet #6) • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
Firelight (Amulet #7) • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Stick Dog Chases a Pizza • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
BONE: Quest for the Spark #1 • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book Two Legacy of Secrets • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book One Disney Lands • Amazon Business $5.47 1 $5.47
Geronimo Stilton #2: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid • Amazon Business $4.86 1 $4.86
Operation: Secret Recipe (Geronimo Stilton #66) • Amazon Business $3.93 1 $3.93
A Mammoth Mystery (Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #15) • Amazon Business $3.72 1 $3.72
Slurp Monster Showdown (Geronimo Stilton Spacemice #9) • Amazon Business $3.56 1 $3.56
The Cheese Experiment (Geronimo Stilton #63) • Amazon Business $3.47 1 $3.47
Away in a Star Sled (Geronimo Stilton Spacemice #8) • Amazon Business $3.12 1 $3.12

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