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Mrs. Whittington from Lafayette LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Readers are Leaders

Help me give my students a larger selection of books, both nonfiction and fiction, a laminator, and a paper cutter for our classroom.

  • $1,332 goal

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My Students

I teach at a middle school in South Louisiana. Because we are an ESL (English as a Second Language) school, my students, a group of about 70 students, come from very diverse backgrounds. The mix of students is what makes our school unique. Each student brings something special to the classroom, which provides learning opportunities for diversity and acceptance.

Reading can be a challenge for some of my students especially if one has a learning disability such as dyslexia or if one is learning English as a second language.

I would like to help my students by providing books for them to read from different cultures and different reading levels.

My Project

Readers are leaders....so I want to instill the importance of reading in my students. Every year my goal is to get my students reading. This year the challenge is greater because I want to encourage them to read nonfiction, an uncommon choice among middle school students. Test scores have shown a weakness in comprehending informational text. My students need to improve their ability to read and comprehend informational text, but our selection of nonfiction books is pretty slim.

I would like to provide a bigger selection of nonfiction books so that my students will become more comfortable reading informational text and increase their knowledge about historical people, places, and events while exposing them to different cultures.

Of course, I want them to enjoy reading as well, so I would like to purchase some new fictional novels, which were requested by my students. Love that!

In addition, I'm asking for a laminator and paper cutter for my classroom to set up our data tracking bulletin board for our Accelerated Reading program. Students will track their reading progress throughout the year.

Mrs. Whittington
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fellowes Saturn 3i 125 Thermal & Cold Laminator, 12.5" Width, Silver/Black (5736601) • Staples Advantage $121.17 1 $121.17
Swingline ClassicCut Lite Guillotine Trimmer, 12" Cut Length, 10 Sheet Capacity, Gray (9312) • Staples Advantage $69.99 1 $69.99
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) • Amazon Business $32.77 1 $32.77
The Complete Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy: The Summer I Turned Pretty; It's Not Summer Without You; We'll Always Have Summer • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
FIREBOAT: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt (Big Words) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Angie Thomas 2-Book Box Set: The Hate U Give and On the Come Up • Amazon Business $17.63 1 $17.63
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Remembering Vera • Amazon Business $16.81 1 $16.81
A Boy Called Slow (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Truly Devious: A Mystery • Amazon Business $15.86 1 $15.86
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman (Turtleback Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $15.56 1 $15.56
Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11 (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
One of Us Is Next • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
In the Shadow of the Sun • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Greetings from Witness Protection! • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
Harvesting Hope • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Noisy Paint Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Refugee • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious) • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
The Bravest Man in the World • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Monday's Not Coming • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Allies • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation (Environmental Science for ... and You for Kids, Conservation for Kids) • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
Sadie • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Don't Let Them Disappear • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
The Red Bandanna (Young Readers Adaptation) • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $11.13 1 $11.13
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers) • Amazon Business $11.01 1 $11.01
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Two Can Keep a Secret • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (CALDECOTT MEDAL BOOK) • Amazon Business $10.05 1 $10.05
Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Jacques Cousteau Book for Kids, Children's Ocean Book, Underwater Picture Book for Kids) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Grenade • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Breakout • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Guts • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
Screaming Quietly • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Ink Me • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Teedie • AKJ Education $6.75 1 $6.75
Scratch n' Snitch • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Where Is the Great Barrier Reef? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
P.S. I Still Love You (2) (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (3) (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Jesus? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Helen Keller? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Girl in Pieces • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
What Is the Women's Rights Movement? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Mummies Made in Egypt • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
No Easy Race • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Taking Control • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
A Second Shot • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Magic Trash • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Where Are the Great Pyramids? (Where Is?) • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Where Is Area 51? • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
What Is NASA? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.46 1 $5.46
Where Is Alcatraz? • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Who Was Alexander Hamilton? • Amazon Business $5.08 1 $5.08
What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What Was the Vietnam War? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Who Was P. T. Barnum? • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Who Were the Wright Brothers? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.93 1 $4.93
Where Is Our Solar System? • Amazon Business $4.80 1 $4.80
Where Is the Amazon? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Stan Lee? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
What Is the World Series? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
The Million Dollar Shot • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Is Rock and Roll? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Would Win? Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Whale vs. Giant Squid (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
What Is the Constitution? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Who Would Win? Lion vs. Tiger • Amazon Business $3.85 1 $3.85
Tarantula vs. Scorpion (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.79 1 $3.79
Who Would Win? Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Velociraptor • Amazon Business $3.79 1 $3.79
Who Is Michael Jordan? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $3.49 1 $3.49

Materials cost

$999.18

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$87.43

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.99

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,131.60

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$199.69

Total project goal

$1,331.29

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,331.29

2 Donors

-$1,331.29

Donations toward project cost

-$1,131.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$199.69

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