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Mrs. Toomer from Upper Marlboro MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy Will End Homelessness

My students need independent readers to have books at home and books to learn strategies to become better readers.

  • $741 goal

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My Students

We are one big, happy family. Our Title I school is home to a large population (92%) of English language learners. My students face many challenges while living in a new country and attempting to learn a new language.

My three classes are filled with 75 eager students who love working together to complete various tasks.

My goal is to make their transition as smooth as possible in hopes of preparing them for great achievement. They are capable of greatness and will achieve.

My Project

A way to escape your current situation is to get lost in a good book. What a great feeling it is to have something of your very own. A book is many things: a friend, a problem solver, an escape, a rescuer, and a lifesaver. The books selected have characters who have faced challenges and have overcome their circumstances as well as books to assist with strategies to use interventions for struggling readers.

Research shows that when children become homeless, they face educational setbacks.

Homelessness has an impact on children's literary experiences, understandings, and background knowledge. Researcher Palakow (2007)," advocated taking time to understand students and their hardships. Perhaps students come to school upset by the chaos in their lives and need a space in the classroom to decompress. It would benefit them to be able to sit alone at the start of the day to read their favorite book or write in a personal journal".

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching, PreK-8 • Amazon Business $77.75 1 $77.75
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $11.38 6 $68.28
Guided Reading, Second Edition: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades • Amazon Business $61.75 1 $61.75
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers • Amazon Business $42.07 1 $42.07
The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading book + The Guided Reading Teacher's Companion • Amazon Business $41.99 1 $41.99
As Brave As You • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
DEAR MARTIN • AKJ Education $27.74 1 $27.74
Writers Read Better: Nonfiction: 50+ Paired Lessons That Turn Writing Craft Work Into Powerful Genre Reading (Corwin Literacy) • Amazon Business $26.04 1 $26.04
The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention: The RISE Framework • Amazon Business $24.96 1 $24.96
The Write Thing: Kwame Alexander Engages Students in Writing Workshop (And You Can Too!) (Professional Resources) • Amazon Business $19.88 1 $19.88
Leveled Text - Dependent Question Stems (Classroom Resources) for Grades K - 12 • Amazon Business $15.52 1 $15.52
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Neverending Story • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Tyler Johnson Was Here • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The True Life of the World's Greatest Showman • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
For Everyone • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
The Boy in the Black Suit • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Who Asked You? • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
When I Was the Greatest • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
All American Boys • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Ghost • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Harriet Tubman • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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