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Ms. FitzHenry from Charlottesville VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Our Students Fall in Love with Reading!

My students need fun, engaging books that will help them to fall in love with reading. These books will be earned through reaching their reading and literacy goals.

  • $398 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." May Ellen Chase. Our students are passionate about reading, but many cannot afford to purchase high interest books of their own. We want to provide them with books that they love, in order to help them to become strong, engaged readers.

Our elementary school family is comprised of approximately 350 vibrant, diverse, and passionate students between the ages of three and 10.

Students in our community represent many different countries, languages, and cultures from all over the world. Despite their differences, our culturally and economically diverse community shares one common passion: books. Although we are a community of voracious readers, many our students do not have the opportunity to practice their reading skills at home. With a poverty level of more than 75%, too many of our students head home to empty bookshelves, with no access to the public library. These students struggle to stay motivated against difficult odds, and do not get to experience the ownership and empowerment that come with independently choosing and enjoying books. Without this critical piece, many fall behind in developing the literacy skills that will help them to be successful throughout their lives.

My Project

To help our students become better readers, the Book It program is coming to our school! Book It has been inspiring students across the country to read and achieve for 30 years, and our students are so excited to reach their literacy goals. Through Book It, students can earn free personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut just by reading at home; however, we want this program to be about more than just pepperoni and extra cheese. Increasing literacy and love for reading is the goal, but we feel it should also be the prize. As our students reach their goals, they will be invited to fill out a raffle ticket. At least one winner per grade level will be chosen every month to take home a brand new, highly sought after book. Winners will choose a book from a collection of new, engaging titles that will captivate their attention and make them smile again and again. For our hard working and underprivileged students, one book of their own can make a huge difference.

Our students deserve to own books that they love.

By providing our students with the opportunity to choose a brand new book to take home and keep, you are giving them an incredible gift that is much more than just text. Student choice enhances motivation and produces powerful effects on reading comprehension and achievement. The more our students love to read, the more successful they will become. With your donation, our students can add books to their collection that they will treasure.

Ms. FitzHenry
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 350 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Guinness World Records 2014 • Amazon $5.78 5 $28.90
The Discovery of America (Geronimo Stilton #1) • Amazon $8.99 2 $17.98
Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #9: The Weird Book Machine • Amazon $7.82 2 $15.64
Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels #14: The First Mouse on the Moon • Amazon $6.31 2 $12.62
Cool Basketball Facts (Cool Sports Facts) • Amazon $6.26 2 $12.52
Cool Pro Wrestling Facts (Cool Sports Facts) • Amazon $6.05 2 $12.10
Cool Football Facts (Cool Sports Facts) • Amazon $6.02 2 $12.04
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8: Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon • Amazon $11.67 1 $11.67
There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $5.69 2 $11.38
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon • Amazon $11.25 1 $11.25
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon $5.17 2 $10.34
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon $5.05 2 $10.10
I Love Puppies (Touch and Feel) • Amazon $4.69 2 $9.38
National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (Science Reader Level 2) • Amazon $3.12 3 $9.36
Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! • Amazon $4.48 2 $8.96
Babymouse #18: Happy Birthday, Babymouse • Amazon $4.42 2 $8.84
Uh-oh, David! Sticker Book • Amazon $4.23 2 $8.46
Motorcycles! (Step into Reading) • Amazon $3.59 2 $7.18
Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $3.39 2 $6.78
The Great Bean Caper (Skippyjon Jones) • Amazon $3.12 2 $6.24
A Tale of Two Sisters (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading) • Amazon $2.67 2 $5.34
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Brown Bear and Friends) • Amazon $4.99 1 $4.99
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $2.38 2 $4.76
Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $2.38 2 $4.76
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother (The Other Side of the Story) • Amazon $4.19 1 $4.19
DK Reader Level 2: WWE Sheamus (Dk Readers. Level 2) • Amazon $3.66 1 $3.66
Max and the Fall Parade (Max and Ruby) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Reader Level 2: WWE John Cena Second Edition (DK READERS) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Reader Level 2: WWE The Rock (Dk Readers. Level 2) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Reader Level 2 WWE: Rey Mysterio (DK READERS) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
WWE Triple H (DK READERS) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Biscuit's Day at the Farm (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
DK Reader Level 3 WWE: The Big Show (DK READERS) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
Biscuit Goes to School (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top: A Book About Volcanoes (Magic School Bus) • Amazon $3.26 1 $3.26
Amazing Sharks! (I Can Read Book 2) • Amazon $3.12 1 $3.12
DK Reader Level 3 WWE: Kofi Kingston (DK READERS) • Amazon $3.12 1 $3.12
A Fairy-Tale Fall (Disney Princess) (Step into Reading) • Amazon $3.06 1 $3.06
The Magic School Bus Flies with the Dinosaurs (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) • Amazon $2.52 1 $2.52

Materials cost

$303.24

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.55

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$337.79

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$59.61

Total project goal

$397.40

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$397.40

8 Donors

-$324.04

Donations toward project cost

-$278.29

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.75

match offer

-$70.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$59.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$10.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.36

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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