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Ms. Penza from Camden NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making There's Nothing to Read! an Obsolete Excuse!

My students need a robust classroom library: texts about inspiring people, places and topics that will make them think, laugh and connect with books in an engaging way.

  • $900 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"There's nothing to read!" As a teacher I hear this phrase way too often. The simple fact is that young readers love highly engaging material. Our school strives to create an authentic daily experience for all of our students, including encouraging their development as readers. We are making a collective effort to develop our students into avid and curious readers.

I want to give a jump start to our reading time by introducing highly engaging texts about high interest topics.

My Project

"There's nothing to read!" As a teacher I hear this phrase way too often. The simple fact is that young readers love highly engaging material. Our school strives to create an authentic daily experience for all of our students, including encouraging their development as readers. We are making a collective effort to develop our students into avid and curious readers.

Our classroom library needs a turbo boost of new and engaging material that reflects the numerous interests of my students: science, history, graphic novels and more!

Consider helping us to create a classroom library full of new and engaging stories.

Ms. Penza
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet Box Set: Books 1-7 • AKJ Education $66.38 1 $66.38
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • AKJ Education $32.09 1 $32.09
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas Earth's Astonishing Animals and Where They Live • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Great Migrations Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
She Loved Baseball The Effa Manley Story • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Eyewitness Amphibian • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
National Geographic Kids World Atlas • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
The Playbook • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Langston Hughes • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $10.68 1 $10.68
The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 2 $9.70
Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink (Lost #1) • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
BONE #4: The Dragonslayer • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
National Geographic Student World Atlas Fourth Edition • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
BONE #3: Eyes of the Storm • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
National Geographic Kids United States Atlas • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
Lincoln: A Photobiography • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
What Is the Super Bowl? • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Drama • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Monster • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The House on Mango Street • AKJ Education $7.68 1 $7.68
Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Goosebumps Graphix #2: Terror Trips • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Goosebumps Graphix #1: Creepy Creatures • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Navajo Code Talkers • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Colonist! • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Cells • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
All Ball: Basketball's Greatest Players • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party! • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Salt in His Shoes Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Navigators: Extreme Weather • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Technology of Football • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Surviving Hurricanes • AKJ Education $6.05 1 $6.05
¿Quién fue Steve Jobs? (Who Was Steve Jobs?) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Number the Stars • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Are Food Chains and Webs? • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Hoop Rat • AKJ Education $5.25 1 $5.25
Quarterback Scramble • AKJ Education $5.25 1 $5.25
Wild Pitch • AKJ Education $5.25 1 $5.25
Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril Lunch Lady #8 • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Smart About the Fifty States • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Magic School Bus Inside The Earth • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco Lunch Lady #6 • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain Lunch Lady #9 • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
World War II Infantrymen An Interactive History Adventure • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Black Holes • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
World War II Spies An Interactive History Adventure • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
World War II Pilots An Interactive History Adventure • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
World War II Navy An Interactive History Adventure • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Basketball's Greatest Players • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Amelia Earhart? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Where Is the White House? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was Pearl Harbor? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Ben Franklin? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Where Is the Great Wall? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Where Is the Grand Canyon? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Where Is Alcatraz? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is J.K. Rowling? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Barack Obama? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Sitting Bull? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was John F. Kennedy? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Anne Frank? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Milton Hershey? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the Battle of Gettysburg? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Rosa Parks? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Sacagawea? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Malala Yousafzai? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the Underground Railroad? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Satch & Me • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Jesse Owens? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Harry Houdini? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Dr. Seuss? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Is the Declaration of Independence? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Hoop Hustle • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Twisters and Other Terrible Storms • AKJ Education $4.21 1 $4.21
The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

Materials cost

$723.76

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.86

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$764.62

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$134.93

Total project goal

$899.55

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$899.55

13 Donors

-$447.57

Donations toward project cost

-$384.18

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$63.39

match offer

-$447.58

Match offer toward project cost

-$380.44

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$67.14

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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