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

Keepin' it Real! Help My Kids Learn to Love Nonfiction!

My students need colorful, high interest nonfiction articles, such as 10 copies of Time for Kids, 10 copies of Current Science Weekly Magazine, and 10 copies of Current Health Weekly Magazine.

  • $349 goal

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I am an enthusiastic fifth grade classroom teacher, working in a city school in Virginia. My school is a targeted title one school, which means that more than a third of our students live in poverty. I recently finished my masters degree in reading instruction, and my goal is to help my kiddos (especially my struggling ESOL children) make huge strides with literacy this year. I have 26 wonderful students!

Most of the children in my class are level 3 and 4 second language learners, who have been in the country for three or more years. They are very sweet and speak well, but most are one to two grade levels below in their reading. My kids are amazing. Many of the children act as interpreters for the older members of their families, and some are teaching their younger siblings to read in English. They are caught between two worlds, and I am trying my best to help them be successful. I talk with them often about going to college someday, and I am working hard to close the academic achievement gap between them and their peers. The area where my students have the most difficulty, is reading and comprehending nonfiction text. Part of this struggle is because they have not had much academic or nonacademic exposure to nonfiction. To help support the needs of my kids, I spend hours looking through library books and searching for online articles that are relevant, interesting, and the appropriate reading level for my fifth grade students. Time for Kids and Weekly Readers would be awesome resources for my kids.

I want my student to feel excited about what they are reading, and I know receiving and unwrapping mini magazines each week would be a thrilling experience for them. Weekly Readers and Time for Kids are filled with beautiful COLOR images and written at an appropriate reading level for my students. I've requested only 10 subscriptions of each, to save on the cost of materials. I'm even hoping to save copies that remain in good condition to use again next year. I know my kids will share and be gentle with the magazines.

Your help will ensure that my students are exposed to colorful, high interest nonfiction articles. These are materials we will use EVERY week! I have great kids in my class, and their vocabulary, knowledge of current events, and understanding of nonfiction text structures will grow as a result of a gift that you can give them. Thank you for your kindness. Even if you choose to fund another teacher's project, thank you for reading my request and for visiting this charity site. Most importantly, THANK YOU for caring so much about children. Best wishes.

Ms. Rindfusz
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Current Science (For Orders of 10 or More Subscriptions) • Weekly Reader $10.15 10 $101.50
Current Health 1 (For Orders of 10 or More Subscriptions) • Weekly Reader $10.25 10 $102.50
TIME For Kids Magazine- World Report Edition w/ TFK Around the World (grades 4-6). Pricing is valid for orders placed after March 2008. After August 15th of current school year, pricing will remain in effect but TIME For Kids reserves the right to prorate issue quantity and free gifts. Only valid for orders in quantities of 10 or more. Orders for less than 10 subscriptions will NOT be fulfilled. • Time for Kids $4.88 10 $48.80

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