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Mr. Gleeton from Memphis TN is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Am Smart! I Read! And You Can Help!

My students need 22 MP3 players.

  • $520 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As an inner city child, I would walk to the library and read books that introduced me to others places and ideas. Reading changed my life. Many of my students have not yet experienced the joy of reading and the benefits that come from being a life long reader and learner. We can change that!

All of my students have great potential.

Reading is the key to opening their minds and that potential. Mark Twain once said, "The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man who can't read them!" Not only should we teach students to read, but we must foster in them a love and habit of reading. They should read for fun and learning. I Am Smart ! I Read ! is a program that encourages kids to read for fun, while learning key skills at the same time. My students are making gains on achievement tests and our emphasis on reading helps them to keep making positive growth.

My Project

Kids love electronics! I have requested mp3 players. I want to reward my great readers with incentive gifts that signal to them how rewarding reading can be. Once a child begins to read, it grows on them and finally becomes something that they will do for their entire life, your support will "pay it forward" because these incentives will help to develop life long readers, who succeed in their school work and in life. Mortimer J. Adler is quoted as saying, "Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life." This is so true today, every job in the future requires reading, comprehension, and text based information. With your help, we are going to develop strong readers who love a good book.

"I had just taken to reading.

I had just discovered the art of leaving my body to sit impassive in a crumpled up attitude in a chair or sofa, while I wandered over the hills and far away in novel company and new scenes... My world began to expand very rapidly,... the reading habit had got me securely." H.G. Wells. I Am Smart! I Read! wants to do the same thing for our students. We want inspire our students to read and get the reading habit. You can help us do this by donating. Please help.

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Mr. Gleeton
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
COBY MP 201 digital player • CDW-G $16.78 22 $369.16

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