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Mrs. Myers
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Launch Love Of Reading with Playaways

My students need three Playaways - "Eragon", "The Da Vinci Code", and "Lord of the Flies".

Many of our students are struggling readers who do not like to read books. Playaways will allow them to improve their vocabulary skills and encourage them to read more books. We would also like to have resources for our visually impaired students. I am a librarian in a public high school that serves 1550 students in grades 10-12. We serve a mixture of students including visually impaired, mentally disabled, AP, a large population of free and reduced lunch, and foreign language.

My colleague and I worked for three years along with our literacy coach to encourage reading. While our circulation numbers doubled since we started, we still have visually impaired students who are not served, and many students who do not want to read books because their reading skills are poor.

We purchased five Playaways to try them out, and the students and teachers love them. They want more. The Playaway is an MP3 type player that holds an entire book. The best feature is the speed button which allows the user to speed up or slow down the narrator's voice. Struggling readers can check out a book and the matching Playaway. They follow the words as the narrator reads. This allows our struggling readers to build vocabulary which allows them to read harder texts and gives them success reading other materials.

Thank you for your help. Your funding will ensure that my struggling readers will enjoy the same stories as their peers who are strong readers. Playaways build their vocabulary and love of reading, so eventually, they will become independent, voracious readers.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Da Vinci Code: Playaway Ready-to-Go Audio Dan Brown, Read by Paul Michael • Barnes and Noble $44.99 1 $44.99
Eragon: Playaway Ready-to-Go Audio Christopher Paolini, Read by Gerard Doyle • Barnes and Noble $35.99 1 $35.99
Lord of the Flies, Playaway William Golding, Read by William Golding • Barnes and Noble $35.99 1 $35.99

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This project will reach 70 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and one other donor.

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