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Ms. Lerro from Bronx NY is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help My Reluctant Readers Reach Their Goals!

My students need incentives for their reading goals, including bookmarks, colored pencils, and stress balls!

  • $309 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My educational philosophy is that every child deserves a quality education, regardless of where he or she grows up. I work in the poorest Congressional district in the country, and our school's budget is not enough for the needs of our students. I teach 7th grade English-Language Arts in a small middle school.

We are a school which strives to keep our students motivated and inspired to learn.

Currently, there are a number of students at our school who are reading below grade level. In an effort to boost student performance in reading, our school has implemented LLI, or Leveled Literacy Intervention created by Fountas & Pinnell. LLI is a small group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. On a typical day, 3-4 LLI students, who are similar enough in reading competency, engage in reading and comprehension activities with the support of an instructor.

My Project

One of the major roles of the LLI instructor is to help their students pick out books at their reading levels, and the book the student chooses should be one that they actually like. While this is extremely helpful in boosting the students’ reading levels, it is not enough for those students who just don’t like to read daily. With that being said, I decided to reward scholars with prizes like bookmarks, stress balls, and fancy pencils for each book they complete as a means to motivate the students and keep them motivated. However, there are over one hundred students who receive Leveled Literacy Intervention, and I do not have the financial means to reward every single student for each time they finish a book.

I believe all students can be Reading Stars; some just need a little spark to help rocket them into space.

Your donation will help our students shoot for the moon! Even a little something will place them among the stars.

Ms. Lerro
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scentco Graphite Smencils Cylinder of 50 HB #2 Scented Pencils • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
BIC Pencil Xtra Sparkle Mechanical Pencil, Colorful Barrel, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 48-Count • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
Scentco Sketch & Sniff Note Pad Bundle - Lemon Lime, Cherry, Cookie, and Donut Scented Covers • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
Pull and Stretch Bounce Ball Colors may vary (2) • Amazon Business $4.92 4 $19.68
ACT II Butter Lovers Microwave Popcorn - 28/3 oz • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
Scentco Sketch & Sniff Sketch Pad - Gourmet Lollipop Scented Cover • Amazon Business $4.99 3 $14.97
Deluxe Mega 60 Set of "In the Kitchen" Mini Fun Realistic Japanese Style Desert & Savory Food Eraser Toy - Best Bulk Party Favors Ideas w/ 120 Bonus Stickers For Kids, School, Valentines • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Cool Fun 13606363 Basic Printed Eraser Set • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Tonnier Hand-painted Style Design Bookmarks 30pcs SWeet Summer • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Scentco Spring Smencils 5-Pack of HB #2 Scented Pencils • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Tonnier Hand-painted Style Design Bookmarks 30pcs Fresh • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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