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Mrs. Johnson from West Valley City UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Kindness Is the New Cool!

My students need books to share as a class and with their families to reinforce the theme KINDNESS MATTERS!

  • $998 goal

This project expired on October 11, 2017.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

At our school we meet our new class on the last day of school. Two weeks ago 29 students finished their last minutes with their fifth grade teachers and came to meet me. I love this because they are not just a "list" of kids now; they have faces, personalities, likes, dislikes, needs, and families!

Though I don't know much about them yet, I do know this group of awesome kids from West Valley City, Utah, have a desire to learn and want to feel successful.

I know I can enhance their school experience when I increase positive involvement from parents and bring school and family together. These kids live in a community where adults want to support their children, but are busy surviving and may need support in how to help their child's academic endeavors.

My Project

In twenty-three years of teaching I have found that relationships matter. My relationships with my students and their families matter. The relationships between my students matter. Last year I started a kindness campaign with my class to combat the issues associated with "bullying" and unkindness. Kelly Livingstone's project inspired me to continue the kindness campaign, but to include families. She and I agree that positive involvement from parents increases students' engagement and achievement.

Students will read books (novels and picture books) with their family and our classroom family with the themes of kindness, empathy, and friendship; then families will decide how they can spread the message of kindness and report back to the class what they did.

As a class we will start the year with Wonder as a read aloud. Students will take two copies home and read with their family what we read in class (multiple readings increases fluency). During the first few weeks of school picture books will be read to the class; students will be invited to take them home and share with their parents. The class set of Pay it Forward will be used as a book that goes home with students to read with their family. Parents, siblings, and students will be invited to participate in a book club night complete with a viewing of the movie after the discussion. Parents, students, and families will then be challenged to do random acts of kindness and record these on a classroom bulletin board. Throughout the year students can take home pairs of kindness novels to read with their family. At the end of the year we will have another family event where we will gather to watch the movie, Wonder. At this event families will share their kindness campaign presentations in their choice of format.

Mrs. Johnson
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wonder • Amazon Business $9.75 35 $341.25
Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $4.51 30 $135.30
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories • Amazon Business $11.06 2 $22.12
Save Me a Seat • Amazon Business $10.70 2 $21.40
Rain Reign (Ala Notable Children's Books. Middle Readers) • Amazon Business $10.36 2 $20.72
Counting by 7s • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $6.81 2 $13.62
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $6.81 2 $13.62
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $6.78 2 $13.56
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $6.78 2 $13.56
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $12.43 1 $12.43
Mockingbird • Amazon Business $5.96 2 $11.92
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
The Potato Chip Champ: Discovering Why Kindness Counts • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Ishi, Simple Tips from a Solid Friend • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
The Recess Queen • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $8.41 1 $8.41
Pay It Forward • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Nerdy Birdy • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
The Story of Jumping Mouse • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

Materials cost

$805.91

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.09

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$848.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$149.65

Total project goal

$997.65

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$997.65

16 Donors

-$646.00

Donations toward project cost

-$571.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.25

Matching donations from our partners

-$325.00

Match offers toward project cost

-$276.25

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$48.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$26.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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