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Ms. Trebilcock from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading at the KTA: Part II

My students need a class set of our third novel of the year, Seedfolks, to challenge their analytical reading skills on their grade level.

  • $310 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Have you ever struggled to read a piece of literature to the point of sheer frustration? This is what reading felt like for my scholars when they came to my class. Out of 100 scholars, I have 35 fifth graders reading below a kindergarten level. On average, they are reading at a 2nd grade level.

My scholars are in a few simple words: resilient, motivated, and determined.

They are resilient when challenged to read on-grade-level texts, novels, and short stories, while they're independently reading two to three years behind their grade. They are motivated to support each other in our quest to grow our reading levels and brains. They are determined to make it to and through college regardless of the seemingly insurmountable challenges they'll face along the way. They know what it means to fail and they know what it feels like to pick themselves back up and figure it out. Fix it. Make it better. They go to school for 9 1/2 hours a day - and sometimes travel up to an hour to school both ways. They challenge my thinking daily, they debate respectfully, push the bar higher, and take our lessons to new levels of thought. They are, at the heart of it, phenomenal young ladies and men.

My Project

What better way to teach character development at the same time as academics than with a novel where the central theme is embedded in a deeper analysis and understanding of community? When reading Seedfolks, my scholars will explore what it means to be an influential member of society - how one person can have an impact on a whole community. Through character and self-analysis scholars will not only understand how the protagonist in the story develops, but they will also gain a deeper understanding of how they are developing themselves as young citizens of our community in South Oak Cliff, greater Dallas, and a broader America.

When you donate to this project, a scholar with no library at home, hardly any access to books outside of our classroom library, gets to hold a brand new book in their hands.

Not one that has been worn and torn at the library. Not one that has writing in it showcasing the thoughts and ideas of others. The pages are theirs for exploration. Their thoughts are lifted from the pages. Their words are ingrained in its margins. Their deeper understandings are translated to their own lives.

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Ms. Trebilcock
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 105 students.

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Seedfolks • AKJ Books $6.56 35 $229.60

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