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Ms. Kearney from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Readers Make Thinkers!

Help me give my students the power of choice and food for thought with these books.

  • $485 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is unique in that our students are fluent readers. Of course, we all need to have broad and varied choices of quality literature. Our school library provides the place where students have available recently published books with compelling stories. Students relish reading promotions and delight in meeting new characters and sharing interesting plots. It is not uncommon for students to have favorite authors, to suggest different titles, and to share their enjoyment for the written word. Choice is important, but difficult to maintain in a school with limited funds. This project enables our students to keep up with the latest in children's literature and to hone their reading skills and, thus, their thinking skills.

My Project

Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Awards (PYRCA) gets students invested in their reading choices and exposes them to new and interesting titles. Each year, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sponsors this student-centered reading activity. Students have the opportunity to nominate recently published books for the annual list as well as participating as readers selecting their favorite titles from four different levels. PYRCA has become a tradition at our school, funded almost entirely through Donorschoose.org. Our students look forward to reading the choices, discussing and picking their favorites, and celebrating the winners. Students receive recognition for participating in the activity, keep up with the newest and best books, and share their love of reading with their classmates. PYRCA titles become books students can booktalk or write about. In the spring, the library becomes a voting booth where they can choose their favorite. When the state winners are announced--the winning authors are acknowledged at the Pennsylvania Association of School Librarians Conference--our students attend a "gala affair" and toast the winners with apple cider. Yearly events such as these are what help students look forward to making school a comfortable place. Looking to the students to declare the best boosts their self esteem. Having quality and diversified literature in our school library benefits everyone.

Ms. Kearney
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $17.92 1 $17.92
Suspect Red • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Truly Devious: A Mystery • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle • Amazon Business $16.09 1 $16.09
Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Tales of the Peculiar • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
To Pluto and Beyond • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
The Red Bandanna (Young Readers Adaptation) • Amazon Business $11.58 1 $11.58
Life According to Og the Frog • Amazon Business $11.17 1 $11.17
The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society) • Amazon Business $11.10 1 $11.10
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Greetings from Witness Protection! • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Darius the Great Is Not Okay • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Wonderland: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
After the Shot Drops • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Puddin' (Dumplin') • Amazon Business $10.61 1 $10.61
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
Float • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
Dry • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Remembering Vera • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Saving Fiona: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Way You Make Me Feel • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Resistance • Amazon Business $7.45 1 $7.45
Tradition • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Lions & Liars • Amazon Business $6.82 1 $6.82
Knights vs. Dinosaurs • Amazon Business $6.22 1 $6.22

Materials cost

$376.41

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.65

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$412.06

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$72.72

Total project goal

$484.78

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$484.78

9 Donors

-$462.72

Donations toward project cost

-$412.06

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$50.66

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$22.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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