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Mrs. Espinoza from Long Beach CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Bags to Fill the Million Word Gap

Help me give my students bags filled with books that they can check out weekly.

  • $999 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kindergarten students are eager to learn. They are enthusiastic learners who come from different backgrounds. My 26 kindergarteners are energetic and enjoy moving around. They love our literacy wall (where we learn phonological awareness in order to bridge into reading) and our read-alouds. They enjoy math and are catching number sense. They are thrilled with our Fun Fridays (one week we explored pumpkins using our five senses, and another week we explored tools and how they are able to help us)!

Just a couple of months into the school year and my students are becoming friends, having fun, and enjoying learning together.

They are learning each others personalities and adjusting accordingly. I am amazed at how compassionate my little 5-year-olds can be!

My Project

My project's ultimate goal is to transform my kindergarteners into readers and lifelong learners by sending them bags filled with books to read at home. They will bring their reading bags home and enjoy them for a week. They will return the book bags the next week and exchange them for a new one!

Not only will this project promote literacy, it will also help with family engagement and parental involvement because the bags are going to be filled with a journal and suggested activities for parents and family members.

A study has found that by the time they enter kindergarten there is a "million word gap" (words children are exposed to) between children who are not read to and those who are read to with five books a day. I would like to give my students' parents the resources to read with their children daily.

Because the books will change weekly, this will consistently engage our families in their children's learning throughout the school year. We already have a baseline of students' reading success probability and will measure again in the middle and at the end of the school year. Along with the work we do in the classroom, this project will increase my students' love for reading as well as make it easier for their parents to support them daily at home. This project can spread a love of reading not just in my classroom this year but in the years to come.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Espinoza
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BAGAIL NFL and PGA Stadium Approved Clear Tote Bag with Zipper Closure Crossbody Messenger Shoulder Bag with Adjustable Strap(12 Inch X 12 Inch X 6 Inch,Black,1 Bag) • Amazon Business $5.99 30 $179.70
Super-Villains Lego Dc Universe Super Heroes • AKJ Education $2.91 11 $32.01
CD-Frog and Toad Are Friends Book and CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! (I Can Read Book Ser • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Frog and Toad Together Book and CD - Audio (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Danny and the Dinosaur Book and CD Danny and the Dinosaur Book and CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Come Back, Amelia Bedelia Book and CD Come Back, Amelia Bedelia Book and CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Little Bear Book and CD - Audio (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Fancy Nancy Book and CD Fancy Nancy Book and CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Amelia Bedelia Book and CD Amelia Bedelia Book and CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Harry and the Lady Next Door Book and CD Harry and the Lady Next Door Book and CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
CD-Frog and Toad All Year Book and CD Frog and Toad All Year Book and CD • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Spacebusters The • AKJ Education $6.06 1 $6.06
CD-A Bargain for Frances Book and CD A Bargain for Frances Book and CD • AKJ Education $5.99 1 $5.99
Butterflies • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Being Responsible • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Pumpkins • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Born to Be a Butterfly • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
Dinosaur Dinners • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Sammy the Seal • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Will Be My Friends? • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Splat the Cat and the Duck With No Quack • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Morris the Moose • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Above and Below • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Danny and the Dinosaur and the New Puppy • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Berenstain Bears' Lemonade Stand • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Fancy Nancy: Best Reading Buddies • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Going from Here to There • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Dogs and Puppies • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Fire Safety • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
In a Cave • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Circle (Shapes) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Grouping • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Sunny • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Brown • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Chickens And Chicks • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Diary of a Worm • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Splat the Cat: Good Night, Sleep Tight • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Drip, Drop • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Oscar Otter • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Mac and Cheese • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Combining Shapes • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Patterns • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Counting • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Maps • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Turtles and Hatchlings • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Triangle (Shapes) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Rainy • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Cloudy • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Blue • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Black • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Reduce • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Cows and Calves • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Shark Attack! • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Flat Stanley and the Very Big Cookie • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Berenstain Bears' New Kitten • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Splat the Cat: The Rain Is a Pain • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Flat Stanley at Bat • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Fancy Nancy: Just My Luck! • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Clark the Shark Tooth Trouble • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Splat the Cat With a Bang and a Clang • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Penny and Her Doll • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Fancy Nancy: It's Backward Day! • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Name of the Game • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Splat the Cat Makes Dad Glad • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Splat the Cat Blow, Snow, Blow • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Pinkalicious: Soccer Star • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Fancy Nancy: Apples Galore • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Splat the Cat Takes the Cake • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Penny and Her Marble • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Pinkalicious: School Rules! • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Animal Hide and Seek • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Animals at Home • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Trip to the Zoo • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Slinky, Scaly Snakes • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Welcome To China • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
The Big Dinosaur Dig • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Garden Friends • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Monkeys • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
I Want to be a Gymnast • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Eruption The Story of Volcanoes • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Space Heroes • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Dinosaur's Day • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Tale of a Tadpole • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Day in the Life of a Police Officer • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Amazing Animal Journeys • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Winking, Blinking, Wiggling, and Waggling • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Truck Trouble • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Beastly Tales • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
First Day at Gymnastics • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Diving Dolphin • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Trip to the Dentist • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Fire Fighter! • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
In the Park • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Big Machines • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Busy Buzzy Bee • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Day at Greenhill Farm • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Meet the Dinosaurs • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Let' s Play Soccer • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
I Want to be a Ballerina • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Bed for the Winter • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Earth Smart • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
School Days Around the World • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Day in the Life of a Builder • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
George Washington • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Sniffles, Sneezes, Hiccups, and Coughs • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
A Picture for Harold's Room • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49
Frogs and Toads • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Pocahontas • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
A Day in the Life of a Teacher • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Twisters! • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Ponies and Horses • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Amazing Buildings • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Polar Bear Alert! • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Farm Animals • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Starry Sky • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
Bugs Hide and Seek • AKJ Education $3.19 1 $3.19
DK Readers L2: Amazing Dogs • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
DK Readers L1: Jungle Animals • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
The Secret Life of Trees • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
The Story Of Chocolate • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Homes Around the World • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Fishy Tales • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Around Town • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Colorful Days • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Surprise Puppy! • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
DK Readers L1: Sea Otters • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Whatever the Weather • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Weather • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Submarines and Submersibles • AKJ Education $2.60 1 $2.60
Greatest Battles Level 4 • AKJ Education $1.85 1 $1.85
George Washington • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

Materials cost

$740.04

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$67.71

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.10

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$848.85

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$149.80

Total project goal

$998.65

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$998.65

11 Donors

-$838.65

Donations toward project cost

-$712.85

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$125.80

match offer

-$160.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$136.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.00

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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