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Ms. Barry from Paterson NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Change Students' Lives With Literacy Basics

Help me give my students basic necessities for literacy: readily available pencils, crayons, paper, relaxing music, a good sharpener, large paper and markers to do collaborative writing assignments, punch card incentives and regularly assigned homework activities.

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My Students

Middle school students at School 21 in Paterson, NJ are in need of help. I teach approx. 90 students (two 6th grade classes and one 7th Grade class) with hardly any resources. Of these close to 90 students, only 13 were found to be proficient in Literacy on the state test. Throughout my 18 years of teaching students who face severe hardships, I have never seen such a decline in reading and writing abilities.

I'm in the front lines of educating children who face severe hardships in almost every aspect of their lives already; socio-economic factors inhibit their preparedness and having a lack of books and technology in our school make being literate and up to speed in the digital age quite difficult, if not impossible.

I believe their performance on the state exam is reflective not only a lack of content knowledge, but also an inability to type. They can achieve beyond their circumstances, and most want to. We need the resources to encourage literacy, help them become on-level academically and get them out of the 20th century. In doing so, we need basics: preparedness, activity variety, opportunity for collaboration, nightly homework and a warm environment that encourages learning.

My Project

These materials will help my students have basic school needs available to them. Classical/Relaxing music to help them settle in and to create a positive writing environment. My students will not have to worry about not having pencils and paper, as many are unprepared. Large paper and markers will allow them to work on writing assignments collaboratively. Crayons can be used to illustrate work, or use color codes in their writing (e.g. sentence styles, figurative language etc..), dry erase markers and sentence strips provide me with tools to have vibrant and colorful writing on our 'un-technological' white board and introduce vocabulary on a colorful Word Wall. We don't have workbooks, and with these workbooks, I will have resources to provide varied Literacy homework regularly, and incentive cards to encourage work completion.

Ms. Barry
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scope® Text Set • Scholastic Magazines and Book Clubs $2.95 90 $265.50
Teacher Created Resources Polka Dot Buckets & Caddy Set, (9487) • Amazon Business $28.38 1 $28.38
Bostitch Vertical Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (EPS5V-BLK) • $26.09 1 $26.09
Kicko Pencil Assortment - 7.5 inches Assorted Colorful Pencils for Kids - Pack of 144 - Exciting School Supplies, Awards and Incentives, Party Favors • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Insignia? - Insignia CD Boombox (NS-B4111-C) - Black • Best Buy Education $24.95 1 $24.95
Evan-Moor Daily Reading Comprehension, Grade 6 Teaching Supplement - Homeschooling & Classroom Resource Workbook • Amazon Business $23.82 1 $23.82
180 Days of Reading: Grade 6 - Daily Reading Workbook for Classroom and Home, Reading Comprehension and Phonics Practice, School Level Activities ... Challenging Concepts (180 Days of Practice) • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Sargent Art 400-Count Crayon Class Pack, Best-Buy Assortment, 3-5/8 Inch, 55-3220 • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Daily Language Review, Grade 6 • Amazon Business $15.34 1 $15.34
Yoklili Punch Cards Circle Hand Punch Kit, 3.5" x 2", Incentive Loyalty Reward Card for Classroom Business Kids Behavior Students Teachers, Pack of 200 • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted, 16 Count • Amazon Business $10.27 1 $10.27
Pacon 8" X 10.5" Composition Writing Paper, White, 500 Sheets (2431) • $9.26 1 $9.26
LoveInUSA Punch Craft Set, 10 Pack Hole Punch Shapes Hole Punch Shape Scrapbooking Supplies Shapes Hole Punch Great for Crafting & Fun Projects • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Color Sentence Strips (100 Pack) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.26 1 $6.26

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