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Mrs. Rivas-Vergil from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Power to the First Graders: Curling Up With Great Books!

Help me give my students access to a variety of picture books, chapter book series, and a comfy couch.

  • $1,605 goal

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My Students

I am fortunate to be able to work doing something I am so passionate about in such a progressive and committed school community! Our school is home to a diverse population of PreK-8th grade students. We work to provide every child with a high-quality education by incorporating culturally relevant curricula and practices, academically rigorous coursework, arts-integrated experiences, and socially progressive character education. We have an award-winning Fine Arts program, several extracurricular activities and active parent groups who are dedicated to making our school the best place for all of our students to thrive and learn.

We are a community of learners that get excited about content, learn to put together print and sound and meaning, and care about issues in the world and one another.

I look forward to each day and all of the adventures and learning that take place alongside my eager and inquisitive group of first graders.

My Project

My students need access to great books to become avid readers. There is nothing that makes teaching reading easier, that gets young learners reading with more volume and engagement, or that lifts reading skills higher than a collection of truly fabulous books. To help me achieve these ambitious results, I need to provide my students with a wide selection of books at varying levels.

My goal is to give my students access to award-winning, culturally responsive, contemporary books at the levels they need.

These books will offer an opportunity to grow a positive classroom reading culture that will recruit students to love reading and move them up to levels of complexity. I envision my students engaging with these books and wanting to read more.

Lastly, the read and relax comfy couch will be a great addition to our classroom. My young readers love curling up with a good book and a "reading buddy" (stuffed animal/book character). The couch includes 3 storage cubbies to keep tons of books in easy reach!

Mrs. Rivas-Vergil
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 34 students.

23 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RR364 - Read & Relax Comfy Couch • Lakeshore Learning Materials $599.00 1 $599.00
Mr. Putter & Tabby 19 Book Collection (Mr. Putty & Tabby: Bake the Cake, Fly the Plane, Pick the Pears, Pour the Tea, Row the Boat, Take the Train, Toot the Horn, Walk the Dog, Stir the Soup, Make a Wish, Catch the Cold, Feed the Fish,...) (Mr. Putter and Tabby) • Amazon Business $118.39 1 $118.39
Henry and Mudge The Complete Collection: Henry and Mudge; Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble; Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps; Henry and Mudge ... under the Yellow Moon, etc. (Henry & Mudge) • Amazon Business $75.99 1 $75.99
RR371 - Plastic Book Baskets - Set of 3 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Owl Diaries, Books 1-5: A Branches Box Set • Amazon Business $18.39 2 $36.78
Zoey and Sassafras Books 1-6 Pack • Amazon Business $27.80 1 $27.80
MerryMakers Biscuit Plush Doll, 10-Inch • Amazon Business $18.04 1 $18.04
Annie and Snowball Collector's Set 2: Annie and Snowball and the Magical House; Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze; Annie and Snowball and the ... Annie and Snowball & the Grandmother Night • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Cece Loves Science and Adventure • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
MerryMakers The Good Egg / The Bad Seed Plush Flip Doll, 11-Inch • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
MerryMakers Dragons Love Tacos Plush Doll, 10-Inch • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Friends Rock: An Acorn Book (Unicorn and Yeti #3): An Acorn Book • Amazon Business $4.99 3 $14.97
Duck! Rabbit!: (Bunny Books, Read Aloud Family Books, Books for Young Children) • Amazon Business $13.84 1 $13.84
A Good Team: An Acorn Book (Unicorn and Yeti #2) • Amazon Business $4.59 3 $13.77
Saturday • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Little Libraries, Big Heroes • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Goodbye, School • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Not Quite Snow White • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
The Empty Pot • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
Hair Love • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Bo's Magical New Friend: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #1) • Amazon Business $3.49 3 $10.47
Saving the Sun Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Dragon's Fat Cat: An Acorn Book (Dragon #2): An Acorn Book • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Song of the Poison Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #5) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Power of the Fire Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Secret of the Water Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Poppleton and Friends: An Acorn Book • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Poppleton Every Day: An Acorn Book • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Dragon Gets By: An Acorn Book (Dragon #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Get Up, Stand Up: (Preschool Music Book, Multicultural Books for Kids, Diversity Books for Toddlers, Bob Marley Children's Books) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Rise of the Earth Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #1) • Amazon Business $4.19 2 $8.38
Sparkly New Friends: An Acorn Book (Unicorn and Yeti #1) • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
Grumplets and Pests: Zoey and Sassafras #7 • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Pinky Rex Get Married (Ready-to-Read Level 3, Reading Alone) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Pinky and Rex Go to Camp • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Pinky and Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin (Pinky & Rex) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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