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Mrs. Huisken from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Littles Learning About Life

Help me give my students themed books to help deepen their understanding about life.

  • $162 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

If I could describe my students in five words they would be: energetic, loving, inspiring, fearless, and spunky. Many of my students come from low-income families and lack basic necessities such as food, notebooks, pencils and warm clothing for winter.

Despite the many challenges my students face, I want to make school a comfortable and welcoming place for them.

My students are truly unique and deserve the best. Your donation would mean the world to them and would make coming to school a wonderful experience. Thank you so much in advance!

My Project

More than 90% of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, meaning we have a lot of students who come from low-income households. Studies have shown that kids who grow up in low-income households are less likely ready to start school at the age of 5 than those who are considered middle class. That being said, we are constantly playing catch-up to close those learning gaps. I am lucky enough to be teaching young 5s for the first time in our school's history to help these students develop skills they need to know to be successful in Kindergarten.

The goal of a young 5s program is to provide a year during which children can learn and grow in a carefully planned environment: a framework that allows children to work on their academic, social, emotional, and physical skills.

The lessons conducted are self-directed, hands-on, and open-ended learning experiences.

Your donation will go towards themed books that will be read to my students every day to help build curiosity in reading as well as building life skills.

Building reading skills at an early age is so important and with your help, my students will be reading in no time!

Mrs. Huisken
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Red Barn Big Book • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
Thump, Quack, Moo A Whacky Adventure • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Go Away, Big Green Monster! • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Little Fire Engine • AKJ Education $7.25 1 $7.25
Fire! Fire! (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Room on the Broom • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Seedlings: Pigs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Clifford's First Halloween • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
National Geographic Readers: Spiders • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Going to the Firehouse: • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Jorge el curioso y los bomberos (Curious George and the Firefighters) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Clifford The Firehouse Dog • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Little Red Hen • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Trick or Treat on Milton Street • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Porkchop's Halloween • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00

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