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Mrs. Jo Ann Hallstrom from Mesa AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Joys for Boys - Thrills to Read

Help me give my students who are at-risk books that will give them great joy and will tempt and thrill them to read!

  • $577 goal

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My Students

Our Title I elementary school is in a large metropolitan area. I teach K-6th graders 21st century media skills and to love to read. Our 560 students come from diverse cultural backgrounds, including several Native American tribes. Many are immigrants from all over the world. Eighteen different languages are spoken in their homes. Over 80% of our students participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program and so are in financially challenged situations. Our library is critical for them.

We want to reach out to our at-risk older boys.

I've established a year long reading program for the entire school, but it doesn't entice this group of boys. With great anticipation I've watched them rummage through the sports and science sections of the library only to see them walk away empty handed because the books are too old to be pertinent for today. It is such a joy to watch their faces light up when they know we care enough to give them something they have specific interest in!

My Project

Our library's sports and science collections desperately need updating. Many of our older boys are not reading. We know they like these genres because that is where they spend their time looking, but often our old books hold no allure.

Through reading our students can gain a vision of something to hope and strive for in their futures, and perhaps even give them a moment of respite from their present cares and worry.

Giving them access to excellent S.T.E.M. books will help them see and understand their infinite possibilities. Providing them with quality books in subjects that interest them will not only tempt them to read, but will help them feel that their opinions matter.

Mrs. Jo Ann Hallstrom
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, 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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The United States Navy SEALs OBLITERATE THE LEADERSHIP GAP! Collection: Navy Seals Special Forces Box Set ((The Navy SEALs Special Forces Leadership and Self-Esteem Books for Kids Book 4)) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Play Football Like a Pro: Key Skills and Tips (Play Like the Pros (Sports Illustrated for Kids)) • Amazon Business $24.59 1 $24.59
Super Space Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
The Greatest Football Teams of All Time (A Sports Illustrated Kids Book): A G.O.A.T. Series Book • Amazon Business $16.74 1 $16.74
Super Submarines (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Amazing Machines) • Amazon Business $15.80 1 $15.80
It's a Numbers Game! Basketball: The math behind the perfect bounce pass, the buzzer-beating bank shot, and so much more! (National Geographic Kids Espn) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Messi: A Boy Who Became A Star. Inspiring children book about Lionel Messi - one of the best soccer players in history. (Soccer Book For Kids) • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Great Battles for Boys: World War I • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Great Battles for Boys: Civil War (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $13.84 1 $13.84
The Big Book of Airplanes • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build (Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids) • Amazon Business $13.13 1 $13.13
DKfindout! Energy • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
DKfindout! World War I • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Great Battles for Boys: WW2 Europe • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Unstoppable • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
DKfindout! Space Travel • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
Great Battles for Boys: WW2 Pacific • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Great Battles for Boys: Ancients to Middle Ages • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Stars of World Soccer: 2nd Edition (World Soccer Legends) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
National Geographic Kids Everything World War I: Dig in With Thrilling Photos and Fascinating Facts • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Undefeated (Caldecott Medal Book) • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
DKfindout! Engineering • Amazon Business $5.29 2 $10.58
Great Battles for Boys: Bunker Hill to WWI • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
DKfindout! World War II • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
DKfindout! Coding • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
DKfindout! Ancient Egypt • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Scholastic Year in Sports 2020 • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
DKfindout! Stone Age • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
DKfindout! Robots • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
DKfindout! Universe • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59

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