This project will serve a group of elementary aged students who are destined to have huge impacts on the world. Although 80% of them live in poverty, and more than 60% are English language learners, they are hard workers who only wish to achieve, and one day leave their footprint on the world. Many of these young boys and girls are overcoming the language barriers of learning a second language, many of whom are separated from their families who live thousands of miles away. Some live just down the street, but need and deserve the enrichment that real-world projects can provide.
Our school's goal is for every child to read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Most of our students are minorities and in poverty. We want to increase the number of books they read each week. I would like our young students to take home 6-8 books nightly and read 10-20 new books each week! That's a lofty goal, but research shows that struggling students need more access to books than their grade-level peers. We do not have enough lower-level texts that students can feel successful reading. Most of the books we have are too hard. If we are going to move them to more difficult texts, we must first provide texts they can read, like the books I'm asking for, Mrs. Wishy Washy
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