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Mrs. Tuennerman from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Kick Back and Read!

Help me give my students new diverse books to read in Mrs. Ann’s Books Club!

  • $990 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I love my students and want to install a love of reading in them!

My students are predominantly African American and Hispanic and come from high-poverty environments where they struggle not only with basic needs like healthy food and safe places to spend their days but with not have access to books at home or in school.

My school does not have a library but our book club has stepped in the fill the void. The cumulative effect is a crisis in the making: by the fifth grade, learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers.

Most of the students I work with are one to two grade levels below where they should be, but some are much as four grade levels below where they need to be.

I am a special education teacher at Encore Academy. Encore is an open admissions Orleans Parish School Board authorized charter school.

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri in The Namesake

My Project

Did you know?

 The average child from a professional family hears 215,000 words per week; a child from a working-class family hears 125,000 words per week, and a child from a family receiving welfare benefits hears 62,000 words per week.

 The single most significant factor influencing a child's early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home before beginning school. (National Commission on Reading, 1985)

 The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. (The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions, 1998)

 The average student at Encore has one to two books at home, so access to books at school is crucial.

 Up to six weeks of the fall semester is spent reviewing and re-learning old material due to lack of independent reading.

 Low-income youth lose two-three months of reading skills over summer months, a significant contributor to the widening the achievement gap.

 Reading four to five books may prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall semester.

Children in high-poverty environments struggle not only with basic needs like healthy food and safe places to spend their days but with losing precious time during the summer months and school breaks to continue their learning. The cumulative effect is a crisis in the making: by the fifth grade, learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers.

Most of the students I work with are one to two grade levels below where they should be, but some are much as four grade levels below where they need to be.

Mrs. Tuennerman
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all 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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This project will reach 50 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Princess Jellyfish Complete Manga Box Set • Amazon Business $100.99 1 $100.99
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set • Amazon Business $70.31 1 $70.31
The Heroes of Olympus Hardcover Boxed Set • Amazon Business $57.99 1 $57.99
Alex Rider Collection Pack, 9 Books Set, (Scorpia Rising, Stormbreaker, Point Blanc, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Ark Angel, Snakehead, Crocodile Tears) (Alex Rider - Spy Agent for Mi6 and Cia) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Maximum Ride Box Set (Maximum Ride, School's Out Forever, Saving the World) • Amazon Business $21.49 1 $21.49
Last Pick: Born to Run • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Epic Zero Series: Books 1-3: Epic Zero Collection • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life • Amazon Business $16.82 1 $16.82
White Bird: A Wonder Story • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
Hawking • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
Pet • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Shuri Vol. 2: 24/7 Vibranium • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Patron Saints of Nothing • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Manga Classics: Jane Eyre • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Pitt Poetry Series) • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Elvis Is King! • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Dear Sweet Pea • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
The Library of Ever • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Overstory: A Novel • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $11.13 1 $11.13
Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
Eyeshield 21, Vol. 3 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Sailor Moon 3 • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Sunny Rolls the Dice • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Eyeshield 21, Vol. 2 • Amazon Business $9.53 1 $9.53
Eyeshield 21, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Sailor Moon 4 • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Sailor Moon 5 • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Manga Classics: Les Miserables • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
The Things She's Seen • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Fresh Ink: An Anthology • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Rules (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Bone Soup • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Running Back Dreams (Team Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Point Guard Prank (Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Quarterback Comeback (Team Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Speed Receiver (Team Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Basque Dragon (The Unicorn Rescue Society) • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89

Materials cost

$735.86

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$64.39

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$841.29

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$148.46

Total project goal

$989.75

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$989.75

1 Donor

-$989.75

Donations toward project cost

-$841.29

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$148.46

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$0.00

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