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Mrs. Gamble from Cottondale AL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy for All: Little Free Library for Our Community, Part 2

Help me give my students a reading bench, planter, and books for all ages for our Little Free Library that we can use to spread literacy throughout our community.

  • $599 goal

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My Students

My school is a Title I school that serves approximately 400 students in grades 6-8. Nearly all of my students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and some have no permanent home. Despite this, my students work extremely hard to overcome the many obstacles that they face on a daily basis

One of the best parts about my school is that we have such a diverse background of students.

Many may not come from prosperous backgrounds, but they soak up every opportunity they have to learn, and this project will help support literacy in our community through a Little Free Library that will provide books for all ages, languages, and backgrounds.

My Project

Literacy is one of the most important gifts we can give a child, but families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud every day than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty. Unfortunately, most of my students fall into this category. Many of them did not have the love of reading nurtured into them at a young age and studies have shown that over half of low-income households have no books in their home. Because of this, my school struggles with getting our reluctant readers into reading. The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print in school and at home.

This project will improve not only our school, but our community by providing easy access to books and an inviting place to sit at our new Little Free Library that is on the way and will be placed out in front of our school.

This will allow for more parent engagement and community involvement when it comes to literacy by providing them with the proper tools they need to help nurture the love of reading from infancy to well into the adult years. Many of these books reflect the diverse and rich cultures in our community in order to promote awareness and unity within our area.

Unfortunately, statistics show that a vast majority of students who start out behind, stay behind, and many of that drop-out. I don't want my students to be part of that large statistic. It takes just one book to change a child's life. Help make that change in not just my students' lives, but the lives of the people in our community through these books and our Little Free Library.

Mrs. Gamble
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Patio Sense 62441 Simone Cast Aluminum Patio Bench, Antique Bronze • Amazon Business $146.16 1 $146.16
Mayne 4838-B Cape Cod Polyethylene Planter, 20" x 20", Black • Amazon Business $77.99 1 $77.99
El crossover (Crossover Spanish Edition) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $5.81 1 $5.81
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $5.73 1 $5.73
Ghosts • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
Diario de una Lechuza #5: El Día de Corazones Cálidos (Owl Diaries #5: Warm Hearts Day): Un libro de la serie Branches (5) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Sobreviví los ataques de tiburones de 1916 (I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
For Every One • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Corduroy • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Bilingual Fairy Tales Rapunzel (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $2.46 2 $4.92
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
I Love You, Daddy • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #6) (6) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Sees the Future • Amazon Business $4.45 1 $4.45
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers: Color Edition (Captain Underpants #7): Color Edition (7) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Nerdy Babies: Space • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Coco Little Golden Book (Disney/Pixar Coco) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Moana Little Golden Book (Disney Moana) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
High Voltage! (Marvel: Spider-Man) (Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Bad Weather! (DC Super Friends) (Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived #15) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Squish #5: Game On! • Amazon Business $3.83 1 $3.83
Harlem Hellfighters • Amazon Business $3.79 1 $3.79
Scooby -Doo : El hombre lobo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77
Best Babysitters Ever • Amazon Business $3.70 1 $3.70
Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) • Amazon Business $3.69 1 $3.69
A Big Day for Baseball (Magic Tree House (R)) • Amazon Business $3.59 1 $3.59
A Very Merry Christmas (Geronimo Stilton #35) • Amazon Business $3.55 1 $3.55
I'm a Narwhal (Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $3.39 1 $3.39
The Adventures of Captain Underpants • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
Just Go to Bed (Little Critter) (Pictureback(R)) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
Los Peces Leveled Text (Early Rising Readers (En)) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.10 1 $3.10
Judy Moody • Amazon Business $2.99 1 $2.99
My First Book Of Flowers : First Board Book • Amazon Business $2.99 1 $2.99
More Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids • Amazon Business $2.99 1 $2.99
Eva and Baby Mo: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #10) • Amazon Business $2.99 1 $2.99
Stink: Hamlet and Cheese • Amazon Business $2.95 1 $2.95
The Fox and the Hound: Hide and Seek (Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
A Girl Named Misty: The True Story of Misty Copeland (American Girl: A Girl Named) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
Eva's Big Sleepover: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #9) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High • Amazon Business $2.80 1 $2.80
The Berenstain Bears: We Love the Library • Amazon Business $2.79 1 $2.79
Aladdin (Disney Aladdin) (Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $2.79 1 $2.79
My First Book Of Baby Animals : First Board Book • Amazon Business $2.77 1 $2.77
Pete the Kitty and the Case of the Hiccups (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $2.69 1 $2.69
Twister on Tuesday (Magic Tree House, No. 23) • Amazon Business $2.69 1 $2.69
Who Was Charlie Chaplin? • Amazon Business $2.67 1 $2.67
Overboard! (Survivor Diaries) • Amazon Business $2.66 1 $2.66
Pete the Cat's Groovy Bake Sale (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $2.49 1 $2.49
Crash, Boom, Roar! (Disney/Pixar The Good Dinosaur) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $2.48 1 $2.48
The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room • Amazon Business $2.29 1 $2.29
Dolphins (Migrating Animals) • Amazon Business $2.23 1 $2.23
The Box Cars • Amazon Business $1.81 1 $1.81
Driven to Win! (Disney/Pixar Cars 3) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $1.48 1 $1.48
Red-Eyed Tree Frogs (Wild Animal Kingdom) • Amazon Business $1.10 1 $1.10

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