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Ms. Jones from Williamsburg VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Marvin and Me

My students need 10 copies of the Marvin Redpost "Favorite Series".

  • $390 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

As the reading specialist for a high need elementary school, my goal is to hook kids into reading. Our school of 600 students has a population that ranges from average income to incredibly poor, and the number of our economically at-risk students have increased dramatically in the last year. We now are over 40% free and reduced lunch and our ESL population, students who don't speak English, has shown a sharp increase. We are a school that embraces all students....we believe that we need to educate the whole child, and we want to challenge all of our children, no matter what obstacles stand in their way, to become readers for life.

Marvin Redpost? It's a strange name but a well-loved character in this series of beginning chapter books. Why Marvin? Because our school is one with a high number of kids from poor homes or who are just learning to read and speak in English. Because we need books that reflect the school experience, one with which they have common knowledge. Because we also need books with short sentences, large font, good spacing, and limited vocabulary. On the other hand, we also want to provide books that are funny, entertaining, enjoyed by all our students, and have the special tingle that comes from reading -- A CHAPTER BOOK! Yes, this is a big step for many of our developing readers and one that we want to celebrate. If we can just get our hands on more copies of the books, we'll have more students who are hooked on reading!

The sets of books that you'll provide will be housed in our common reading room for use by students in grades kindergarten through five. They will be bound with book tape to help them survive the rigors of student backpacks and crowded desks. They will be used by teachers in the building for small group literacy instruction and book discussion. They will be shared among our students this year and in the years to come, until they too are dogeared and haggard from being used again and again and again. By funding this, you're not just providing books to 10 kids or even 20, but to hundreds of students, year after year, for the life of the books.

Our ESL and disadvantaged students need opportunities to read books that link to their lives, to share the experiences with other students, and to realize that once you've met a character in a book, you've met a new friend that can travel with you everywhere. I'm hoping that, with your help, we can make this happen for all our students. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of these children.

Ms. Jones
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Favorite Series - Marvin Redpost • AKJ Books $27.83 10 $278.30

Materials cost

$278.30

Vendor shipping charges

$27.83

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.17

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$319.30

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$70.09

Total project goal

$389.39

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$389.39

4 Donors

-$389.39

Donations toward project cost

-$319.30

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$70.09

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$0.00

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