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Ms. Gilaard from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Please Be Santa and Bring Us Books This Year!

My students need some books that they can enjoy. Non-fiction fun books that will spark their imagination and curiosity. Books that will make reading fun.

  • $515 goal

This project expired on May 5, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Have you ever wanted to enjoy books and reading but had none? My students love to read and are just learning to read properly. However there are no books in the classroom that are on their reading level. To become good readers they need good books. Please help them as they need support greatly.

The children at my school are without a great many things in this life.

Many have a parent that is or has been incarcerated. My students come from foster homes and homeless shelters. in spite of the poverty and crime in this area, my students are loving, caring hard working students. They are the sort of children you will absolutely love and wish good things for. They are our future and really do need your support. Many of my students do not have parents that help them with reading, as a result reading skills are very low in my classroom. My school needs to have more interesting books for these at risk children. However our school hardly has any books for these children to read. My students need over 80 books to read. The children in my class are in need of books. In a few weeks I will be starting a non-fiction unit with first graders. The few fiction books in our classroom are books I was able to pick up at the Salvation Army last year.

My Project

My reading to the children defeats the purpose of them having an "independent reading" time. Most of the books in my room are books to read aloud to the children. I do not have books the children can read on their own to improve their reading skills. Some books would really benefit my students. They will blossom and bloom fully if given a fair chance to do so. They truly need some interesting fun books to learn to read with. They need to improve their reading. My students can succeed but to do so they need a great deal of support from people who will take the time to care about what happens to them. My students can only be successful if someone supports them. The school environment is not providing all of the materials the children need to be successful.

These children need an environment rich with a variety of literature.

Please support them as you can provide the opportunity for them to be successful students and in turn successful adults. When children have fun and interesting books they truly become better readers. They become very excited about reading and work hard at it. Hope someone can help these children this holiday season. Thank you for your kind support.

Ms. Gilaard
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Level E - Fiction • AKJ Books $70.95 1 $70.95
Level E - Nonfiction • AKJ Books $72.24 1 $72.24
Level F - Fiction • AKJ Books $72.39 1 $72.39
Level G - Nonfiction • AKJ Books $62.20 1 $62.20
Level G - Fiction • AKJ Books $73.27 1 $73.27
Arnold Lobel • AKJ Books $28.79 1 $28.79
Lions Catherine Ipcizade • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Bengal Tigers • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Cheetahs • AKJ Books $6.03 1 $6.03

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