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Mrs. Z. from Austin TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Healing Little Hearts With the Magic of Books

My students need books to help them with coping skills when faced with challenging emotions they at times are experiencing during school counseling. Some of these topics include: grief and loss, relationships, and stress.

  • $331 goal

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My Students

I serve students in grades PK-5th at a small, established neighborhood school that is in a large metropolitan area yet in a close-knit and supportive community. One fourth of our school population consists of special education students and more than half are bilingual students. Approximately 90% of our students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch which designates us as a Title I School. As the campus counselor, I have the opportunity to promote social and emotional well-being among all students and equip students with the skills and tools to overcome daily challenges.

My Project

Our students come to my school counseling office with a variety of special issues and experiences. As a school counselor, I am always exploring creative and effective ways to support my students and their families. Some of the most effective ways to offer this support is through nurturing activities, theraplay, and primarily through the means they are the most familiar with at school: shared reading. I have selected a collection of books that help facilitate therapeutic and nuturing activities but also to help students during the healing process by reading sensitive stories about others who are going through similar experiences. These inspirational books have been carefully selected to reflect real-life experiences, culturally-diverse characters, and a variety of emotional and behavioral issues that many students face.

Because many of our students are Spanish-speaking, I have selected books that I can easily translate without losing the message and meaning during these emotionally-challenged times.

I have also considered a few informative books that allow me to share helpful ideas with my students' families when they reach out for assistance in enhancing their relationships with their children especially during stressful times.

I am priviledged to be able to offer a safe place for our students to regulate themselves, learn coping strategies, experience unconditional love, and to find comfort through the many healing benefits of bibliotherapy, utilizing timeless literature that will guide and comfort them.

Mrs. Z.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 340 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play • Amazon Business $49.00 1 $49.00
No-Drama Discipline Workbook: Exercises, Activities, and Practical Strategies to Calm The Chaos and Nurture Developing Minds • Amazon Business $16.18 1 $16.18
The Goodbye Book • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Beautiful Hands • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Memory Box: A Book About Grief • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Good People Everywhere • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD (What-to-do Guides for Kids) • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
Thea's Tree • Amazon Business $12.43 1 $12.43
My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Perfect Square • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Doggie Doesn't Know No • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
It's Tough to Be Gentle: A Dragon's Tale • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
You, Me and Empathy: Teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance and recognising bullying behaviours • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Origami Peace Cranes: Friendships Take Flight: Includes Origami Paper & Instructions: Proceeds Support the Peace Crane Project (Proceeds Support Peace Crane Project) • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
Straight from the Horse's Mouth! • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96

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