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Mrs. Hester from Greenville SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Along to Our Read Aloud, Part 2!

Help me give my students their very own copy of The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin!

  • $245 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

At my school, "Every Student Counts and Every Moment Matters!"

Our students come to school each and every day ready to take on the world and to learn, challenging themselves to be better than they were the day before.

As an educator in my 15th year of service, with experience as both a teacher and administrator, I consider it one of my life's greatest blessings to be able to work alongside the best student scholars and educators in the country! My school has been my home for the last two years and is committed to providing its students with all of the resources that are needed to engage them in rigorous, dynamic and inspirational instructional activities. There may be times when we do not have what we need, but we have taken on the "We can't yet..." not a "We can't..." attitude. Maybe we currently cannot provide our students with all of the most innovative technology available, maybe we currently do not have a 1,000+ book classroom library of high-interest books in every classroom, but soon we will! All of the resources we want to provide to our students are available to us through the magic of DonorsChoose.org thanks to donors like YOU!

My Project

My students, even as fifth graders, LOVE to be read to. We start each morning with a picture book read aloud to set the tone for the day. It is a time to come together and read fun, entertaining, and informative picture books that we may not otherwise have time for with a jam packed daily schedule. This month, we have read a picture book each morning to celebrate Black History Month! After lunch, we spend twenty minutes devouring a chapter book as our daily dessert. Without fail, each day I hear, "PLEASE!!! Just ONE MORE chapter!" As a life long reader, it warms my heart to hear my students begging to hear more of the book that we are currently reading!

Our next read aloud selection is extremely exciting for my students because they chose it!

After previewing four books, THIS BOOK was chosen to be our end of the year read aloud and the students are BEYOND THRILLED!

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin follows a female lead character, similar in age to my students, as she struggles to deal with the drowning death of her best friend. Like most of us, she has difficulty accepting that life events such as this one "just happen". This heartfelt story intrigued several of my students who at such a young age have experienced loss and trauma and like this story's main character asked themselves the question, 'Why"?

It is my hope to be able to provide each of my students with their very own copy of this book to hold in their hands so that as I read aloud to them, they can follow along and immerse themselves in this shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence.

Mrs. Hester
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Thing About Jellyfish • AKJ Education $6.56 25 $164.00

Materials cost

$164.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$11.56

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.46

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$208.02

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$36.71

Total project goal

$244.73

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$244.73

1 Donor

-$164.00

Donations toward project cost

-$139.40

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.60

match offer

-$80.73

Match offer toward project cost

-$68.62

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.11

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$0.00

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