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Ms. Taksier from Gainesville FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Can See Myself Reading: A Diverse, High-Interest Classroom Library

My students need an inviting, leveled classroom library showcasing a diverse range of high-interest books that emphasize phonics skills and sight words. This MallBest children's bookshelf, Tot Tutors bins, and these books will do just that.

  • $507 goal

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My Students

We are an extended-day school. Students receive an additional hour of instruction each day. This determination was made based on our school being one of the bottom 300 in the state according to standardized test scores.

Additionally, we are a Title I school, meaning that the majority of our students come from low-income families.

Every student I teach receives free breakfast, lunch, snack and, if they are a part of an after-school program, supper.

Our school is also the most over-capacity in the county. Our staff arrives early each day to ensure there is sufficient supervised space for our students to eat breakfast.

My Project

My first grade students spend the majority of their 7-hour school day in our classroom. As an over-capacity school, my students only have scheduled library time every other week. Additionally, the majority of our students come from low-income families, meaning that many of our parents have schedules that do not allow them the availability to take their children to public libraries.

Put all that together and our classroom library becomes the most reliable way to ensure that students have access to books they can and want to read, featuring characters and themes they can relate to.

As a newer teacher reliant on used books that were destined for the dumpster, my current selection is outdated, with books that my students pass over because they are unrelatable and uninteresting.

Anytime I've purchased new books here and there as I've been able to, my students have noticed and been drawn to these books before I've even said a word. The increase in engagement I saw with only a few books inspired me to imagine the impact that a classroom library full of such books could have. Transforming our classroom library into a place that my students can see themselves reading is essential to their success as beginning readers.

Ms. Taksier
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MallBest Childrens Bookshelf Kids Sling Book Rack with Two Storage Boxes and Toys Organizer Shelves Natural Solid Wood Baby Bookcase • Amazon Business $85.99 1 $85.99
Scooby-Doo: Phonics (12 Books Set) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Tot Tutors Kids' Primary Colors Small Storage Bins, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $12.82 2 $25.64
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos • Amazon Business $15.46 1 $15.46
The Nutcracker in Harlem • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
You Should Meet Collector's Set: Women Who Launched the Computer Age; Mae Jemison; Misty Copeland; Jesse Owens; Duke Kahanamoku; Katherine Johnson • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Phonics Reading Program (Pokémon) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Curious George Curious About Phonics 12-Book Set • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Look What Brown Can Do! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Reading Adventures Cars level 1 Boxed Set • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo (Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Paw Patrol Phonics Box Set (PAW Patrol) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Shopkins Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Phonics Power! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Care Bears: Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47
My Little Pony: Phonics Box • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65

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