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

Read to Me!

Help me give my students books to inspire their imaginations while they are young.

  • $607 goal

This project expired on July 21, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember being read to as a child? Research shows, students who are read to every day develop stronger phonological awareness skills. In an urban setting, it is important for students to see multicultural characters they can connect to.

Hearing stories inspires our imagination.

The students in my class are hard working first graders that love to dive into stories. They are thinkers, inquirers, and problem solvers. With this project, my goal is to help enrich my students learning experiences through read aloud texts.

My Project

The materials I chose for my project will be used as read aloud stories for first grade students in an urban classroom setting. These books will continue to enhance the print-rich classroom that I strive to create. My students love to see multicultural characters that they can relate to.

With these new books, students will be able to make text to self connections and explore the world around us.

Storytime is always engaging. It also increases students reading ability and will help them to develop a love for reading. Storytime is when we discuss and make connections to the stories we hear.

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

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Maybe Something Beautiful • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Hey Black Child • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! The Story of the Three Bears As Told by Baby Bear • AKJ Education $5.07 2 $10.14
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! • AKJ Education $9.86 1 $9.86
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • AKJ Education $8.96 1 $8.96
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Mini Book and CD If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Mini Book and CD • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Words Are Not for Hurting • AKJ Education $8.72 1 $8.72
Piggie Pie! Book & CD • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Pumpkin Trouble • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Oh, the Places You'll Go! and The Lorax • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Pete The Cat, Big Easter Adventure • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
What Pet Should I Get? / One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Horton Hears a Who and Other Sounds of Dr. Seuss • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! - Audio • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? :: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Jack and the Beanstalk • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
How to Be a Friend • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
I Am a Good Citizen • AKJ Education $5.95 1 $5.95
Stop Picking on Me A First Look at Bullying • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Let's Talk About Race • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Groundhog Day! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Gingerbread Boy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Happy Easter, Mouse! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Black And White • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cinderella • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Merry Christmas, Mouse! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Earth Day • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Presidents' Day • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Weather Words and What They Mean • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Princess and the Pea • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Reasons for Seasons • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Courage for Beginners • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Cinder Edna • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Manners on the Playground • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Insults Aren't Funny: What to Do About Verbal Bullying • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
I Can Be a Friend • AKJ Education $5.39 1 $5.39
James Marshall's Cinderella • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Snowmen At Christmas • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
How I Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The First Thanksgiving • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Froggy's Halloween • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Seeds of Freedom • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Jennie's Hat • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose! • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks! The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk As Told by the Giant • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Seriously, Cinderella Is So Annoying! The Story of Cinderella As Told by The Wicked Stepmother • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! The Story of Little Red Riding Hood As Told by The Wolf • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Being Fair • AKJ Education $4.59 1 $4.59
The Night Before Thanksgiving • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Boy Who Cried Wolf • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Morris Goes to School • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Our Thanksgiving Banquet • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Night Before Halloween • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Whoever You Are • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Frog and Toad All Year • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Frog and Toad Are Friends • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Biggest Pumpkin Ever • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
You Can Count on Me Learning About Responsibility • AKJ Education $3.14 1 $3.14
Whatever the Weather • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Scholastic Reader Level 1: Clifford's Valentines • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
The Four Seasons • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
The Biggest Valentine Ever • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
I Am Rosa Parks • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Telling the Truth: Learning about Honesty, Integrity, and Trustworthiness • AKJ Education $2.55 1 $2.55
As Good as Anybody • AKJ Education $2.50 1 $2.50
A Small Christmas • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00

Materials cost

$478.31

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.17

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$515.48

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$90.97

Total project goal

$606.45

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$606.45

7 Donors

-$379.00

Donations toward project cost

-$325.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$53.85

Matching donations from our partners

-$223.92

Match offers toward project cost

-$190.33

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$33.59

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.53

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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