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Mrs. Bell
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Looking Cool Reading Books!

My students need 7 "Playaways" so they can hear someone reading aloud to them at home, including 'Amelia Bedelia' and 'Where the Wild Things Are.'

My Students

Do you remember being read aloud to by your parents, grandparents, or other adults in your life? Many of the students at my school do not get the chance to experience this wonderful opportunity.

I am the instructional specialist at a rural school in North Carolina.

We have wonderful students who are loving, kind, and respectful. They love school and come with a smile on their face every morning and leave with a smile each afternoon. What makes this more amazing is knowing that over 90% of my school is on free and reduced lunch. Jobs have left our county and families are faced with hard decisions. The parents of this community love their children, but time is spent trying to earn money and reading aloud to their child has to take a back seat. Also, about one-third of our population is Hispanic so many of their parents can't read English.

My Project

I have requested "Playaways" from Barnes and Noble. The "Playaways" are similar to books on tape. The "Playaways" look like MP3 players so the students look very "cool" while listening to the book! I have chosen books that would be appropriate for our Kindergarten and First graders and the books to go along with the "Playaways" are in our library. Students would be able to take the "Playaways" home and listen to them at night or utilize them in stations in the classroom.

Every educator knows the importance of children having the opportunity to have someone read aloud to them.

I want students to be able to take the "Playaways" home and even though the parents may not be able to read aloud to them, they will still have the opportunity to hear the books.

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! and Other Favorite Animal Stories [With Headphones] Playaway • AKJ BOOKS $38.46 1 $38.46
Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection, Volume 1 [With Earbuds] Peggy Parish, Performed by Suzanne Toren • AKJ BOOKS $38.46 1 $38.46
Curious George Flies a Kite and More Adventures: For Beginning Readers [With Earbuds] Margret Rey, H. A. Rey, Read by Cheryl McMahon • AKJ BOOKS $34.19 1 $34.19
Curious George: And Other Stories [With Earbuds] H. A. Rey, Read by Don Wescott • AKJ BOOKS $34.19 1 $34.19
Where the Wild Things Are and Other Storybook Classics [With Earbuds] Maurice Sendak, Charlotte Zolotow, Else Holmelund Minarik • AKJ BOOKS $38.46 1 $38.46
Mother Goose Stories [With Earphones] Read by Vanessa Maroney • AKJ BOOKS $34.19 1 $34.19
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Other Classic Tales [With Earbuds] Rudyard Kipling, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Julius Lester • AKJ BOOKS $38.46 1 $38.46

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This project will reach 120 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Horace Mann and one other donor.

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