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Mrs. Dunn from Springfield MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Home Libraries Project 2022

Help me give my students a start on or additions to their own at-home libraries. These are books that the students picked out for themselves, books they truly want to read and own.

  • $2,171 goal

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My Students

What a lovely group of students we have the honor of teaching! Our kids are ten and eleven year old fifth graders in an urban district, many from families who are struggling financially. The majority of our students own few, if any books. Research indicates that a home library of twenty books can have a significant and positive impact on the literacy skills of children. We have a wonderful classroom and school library, but there is no real substitute for books that children have chosen for themselves and books that they treasure as their own. Every year, we strive for our students grow to be enthusiastic readers and thinkers. Please help us to achieve this goal.

My Project

Our fifth grade students love to read! As you can imagine, this is an ELA teacher's dream come true. Our classroom has a sufficient amount of books (for now), and the kids spend at least thirty minutes each weekday immersed in literature of their choice. It's genuinely lovely to witness.

What many of our kids don't have, however, are home libraries, or even books to call their own.

Books in the home has a significant correlation with student success. According to a study by Associate Professor Mariah Evans at the University of Nevada:

"Even a little bit goes a long way," in terms of the number of books in a home. Having as few as 20 books in the home still has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books you add, the greater the benefit."

Mrs. Dunn
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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

This project will reach 22 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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The Last Kids On Earth 6 Books Collection Set by Max Brallier (Last Kids On Earth, Zombie Parade, Nightmare King, Cosmic Beyond, Midnight Blade & Skeleton Road) • Amazon Business $48.90 2 $97.80
NEW COLLECTION! Whatever After Series 13 Books Set: Book 1-13 • Amazon Business $89.95 1 $89.95
Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume • Amazon Business $35.95 2 $71.90
City of Thieves (Battle Dragons #1) • Amazon Business $12.99 5 $64.95
Truly Tyler (Emmie & Friends) • Amazon Business $14.60 4 $58.40
New Kid and Class Act: The Box Set • Amazon Business $19.43 3 $58.29
The Sprinkle Sundays Collection: Sunday Sundaes; Cracks in the Cone; The Purr-fect Scoop; Ice Cream Sandwiched • Amazon Business $27.99 2 $55.98
Wings of Fire Box Set, The Jade Mountain Prophecy (Books 6-10) • Amazon Business $54.98 1 $54.98
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
Weird But True Ocean • Amazon Business $8.99 5 $44.95
The Donut Dreams Collection: Hole in the Middle; So Jelly!; Family Recipe; A Donut for Your Thoughts • Amazon Business $22.34 2 $44.68
TBH, This Is a Box Set: This Is So Awkward, This May Be TMI, and Too Much Drama • Amazon Business $21.49 2 $42.98
Weird But True Collector's Set (Boxed Set): 1,050 Outrageous Facts • Amazon Business $21.06 2 $42.12
The Last Kids on Earth: The Monster Box (books 1-3) • Amazon Business $20.43 2 $40.86
Becoming Brianna (Emmie & Friends) • Amazon Business $10.00 4 $40.00
Heroes of Olympus Complete Collection 5 Books Box Set -The Lost Hero/The Son of Neptune/The Mark of Athena/The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (2015-06-07) • Amazon Business $40.00 1 $40.00
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944: A Graphic Novel (I Survived Graphic Novel #3) (3) (I Survived Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $9.89 4 $39.56
Allergic: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.39 4 $37.56
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001: A Graphic Novel (I Survived Graphic Novel #4) (4) (I Survived Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $9.33 4 $37.32
Pashmina • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
Invisible Emmie (Emmie & Friends) • Amazon Business $8.02 4 $32.08
Attack on Titan Season 1 Part 1 Manga Box Set • Amazon Business $31.10 1 $31.10
Trapped in a Video Game: The Complete Series • Amazon Business $29.64 1 $29.64
Sparrow Rising (Skyborn #1) • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Original Spider-Man Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $9.40 3 $28.20
Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, 1) • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Jane, the Fox and Me • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
FGTeeV Saves the World! • Amazon Business $13.97 2 $27.94
Dork Diaries Box Set (Book 1-3): Dork Diaries; Dork Diaries 2; Dork Diaries 3 • Amazon Business $25.12 1 $25.12
Super Extra Deluxe Essential Handbook (Pokémon): The Need-to-Know Stats and Facts on Over 875 Characters • Amazon Business $12.49 2 $24.98
The Last Kids on Earth: Next Level Monster Box (books 4-6) • Amazon Business $24.49 1 $24.49
5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $11.97 2 $23.94
Guts: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $5.90 4 $23.60
Fifth-Grade Zombies (Goosebumps SlappyWorld #14) (14) • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97
Martin Rising: Requiem For a King • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Snapdragon • Amazon Business $9.90 2 $19.80
Dork Diaries Box Set (Books 4-6): Dork Diaries 4; Dork Diaries 5; Dork Diaries 6 • Amazon Business $19.48 1 $19.48
Ways to Grow Love (A Ryan Hart Story, 2) • Amazon Business $9.69 2 $19.38
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $18.80 1 $18.80
Sunny Makes a Splash: A Graphic Novel (Sunny #4) (4) • Amazon Business $9.30 2 $18.60
Grumpy Unicorn Saves the World: A Graphic Novel (2) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Cinnamon Bun Besties: A Swirl Novel (3) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Peppermint Cocoa Crushes: A Swirl Novel (2) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Pumpkin Spice Secrets: A Swirl Novel (1) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal • Amazon Business $14.60 1 $14.60
Puzzle Master: An AFK Book (Hello Neighbor #6) (6) • Amazon Business $6.78 2 $13.56
Red Rover • Amazon Business $6.59 2 $13.18
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories (Awesome Friendly Kid) • Amazon Business $6.43 2 $12.86
Sulwe • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
PopularMMOs Presents Enter the Mine • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
The Twisted Ones: An AFK Book (Five Nights at Freddy's Graphic Novel #2) (2) • Amazon Business $10.34 1 $10.34
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Boxed Set: (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish; The Seaquel; Fins of Fury) • Amazon Business $10.16 1 $10.16
Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) • Amazon Business $10.10 1 $10.10
The Bad Guys in Cut to the Chase (The Bad Guys #13) (13) • Amazon Business $5.00 2 $10.00
Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-sitters Club #11) (Adapted edition) (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
All Because You Matter • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Through My Eyes • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Kristy and the Snobs: A Graphic Novel (The Baby-sitters Club #10) (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $8.64 1 $8.64
New Kid • Amazon Business $8.64 1 $8.64
Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Wings of Fire: The Dark Secret: A Graphic Novel (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #4) (4) • Amazon Business $7.44 1 $7.44

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