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Mrs. Marciniak from Bay City MI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning About Literacy Through Therapy Dog Adoption

Help me give my students plush pets to purchase and read to so they can learn the importance of financial planning.

  • $476 goal

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My Students

My students are an awesome group of third-grade service workers. We are Team Paws! It's our goal to change the world with kindness. Even the smallest kind act can mean a lot; hold the door, smile at someone, use your manners, be humble, and be kind, always.

In my classroom, my students understand that what they do and say matters.

They know their actions can make a difference. As members of Team Paws, they learn we truly do rise by lifting others. Our motto, spread kindness, is what makes being a part of Team Paws so special and important. Team Paws is a group of 30 little kids giving back to our community through volunteerism.

Not only that, but my girls and boys are our nation's next scientists, teachers, engineers, factory workers, cashiers, managers, doctors, and more. My students are bright-minded and curious. They want to explore and learn about the world around them. Regardless of what drives them, it's my goal to make sure that all of my kids feel safe, seen, heard, confident and celebrated.

My Project

My kids are learning about money! They are completing jobs in class and getting paid for all of their hard work. They are working to save and budget so they can purchase a personal pet, or therapy dog, to whom they can read to in class and each night and home.

The kids must save complete classroom jobs and assignments on time in order to receive their paychecks to purchase their pet.

At the end of the month, I'd like to have a pet adoption day. However, there are certain fees the kids must consider. They will need to pay their pets' adoption and vet fees, and for licensing and food needs before they adopt it for good.

I will post a chart in the classroom with costs and fees to help them stay organized and motivated.

For this project, I am encouraging the kids to think about money and why saving and budgeting matters. This project also encourages kids to read at home. Since they are adopting therapy dogs, they will need to read to him or her each night to keep their pet certified as an official therapy dog!

I am looking forward to this fun project that gets kids thinking about money and excited about reading! Thank you for considering supporting my classroom!

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bearington Roscoe Boxer Plush Stuffed Animal Puppy Dog, 15 inches • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Bearington Chief German Shepherd Plush Stuffed Animal Puppy Dog 13 inches • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
GUND BAILEY Chocolate Labrador Dog Stuffed Animal 12 inch Plush Toy • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Kingdom Kuddles Brady The Beagle Puppy- Stuffed Plush Animal Dog • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
Douglas Cuddle Toys Balthezar Beagle 12" • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Aurora World GIO German Shorthair 31583 12", Multicolor • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
Cuddle Toys 1933 Gretel Red Dachshund Toy • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Douglas Small Ivan German Pointer 10" • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Cuddle Toys 1713 Corgi Plush Toy • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Aurora World Flopsie Plush Domino Dog, 12" • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Aurora World Flopsie Dog/Bismarck Plush • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Aurora World Miyoni Lying Husky Plush - 26263 • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Aurora World Flopsie 12" Stuffed Bulldog Willis • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
Aurora World Flopsie Chocolate Lab, 12", NA • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
Aurora World Flopsie Plush French Bulldog Pup • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
Aurora World Flopsie Pugger Dog 12 • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Aurora World Flopsie Plush Charles Dog, 12" • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
Aurora World Flopsie Sausage Too Dachshund Dog 12" • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Aurora World Miyoni 11" Pug Dog • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Aurora World Flopsie Toy Border Collie Plush, 12" • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
Aurora World Flopsie Yorky Dog 12" • Amazon Business $10.61 1 $10.61
Aurora World Flopsie Dog/Auzzie Plush • Amazon Business $10.60 1 $10.60
Aurora World Flopsie Plush Siberian Husky Dog Shadow, 12'' • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
Aurora World Flopsie Toy Basset Hound Plush, 12" • Amazon Business $10.22 1 $10.22
Aurora World Flopsie Bonita Plush Dog, 12" • Amazon Business $10.22 1 $10.22
Aurora World Inc. Flopsie Plush Goldie Labrador Dog, 12" • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Aurora World Flopsie Plush Ludwig Schnauzer Dog, 12" • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Aurora World Flopsie Plush Ludwig Schnauzer Dog, 12" • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89

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