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Ms. Friedland from Bloomington MN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Buddies

Help me give my students stuffed animal "reading buddies," all from their favorite books!

  • $262 goal

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My Students

My third graders come to school every day because they know it is a safe place where someone will protect and care about them. Ninety percent of the students attending my school qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunch. They come from broken families or parents who work multiple jobs just to pay rent. It is hard for them to continue their learning at home because parents are working hard to make ends meet, or they simply don't have any materials to work with. Due to this fact, many of them are below grade level and struggling to get caught up.

My Project

A lot of my students are low level readers or English language learners, and have trouble finding books and staying engaged. We've been working on ways to find "books you love," but my students still struggle to read for more than a few minutes at a time.

I want my students to have a true love for reading!

I've heard of programs where dogs come to schools, students read to the dogs, and are extremely engaged! Since my school does not have that program, I'm hoping "reading buddies" are the next best thing! I'd like my students to be able to choose a stuffed animal buddy and read to them during their independent reading time. All of the stuffed animals selected for this project are actually characters from their favorite books, which will be even MORE exciting! This will then, hopefully, promote a positive environment where students are truly engaged in their reading! I want my students to have that feeling where they don't want to put down their book, and I'm hoping reading buddies will move them in that direction!

Ms. Friedland
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elephant 7" & Piggie 5" Soft Toys • Amazon Business $28.00 1 $28.00
Captain Underpants Doll by Merry Makers 8" plush toy Stuffed Doll Book US New • Amazon Business $18.49 1 $18.49
JINX Minecraft Steve Plush Stuffed Toy (Multi-Color, 12" Tall) • Amazon Business $18.29 1 $18.29
MerryMakers Dog Man Plush Toy, 9.5-Inch • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
Fancy Friends Plush Stuffed Narwhal: Cute & Unique Fancy Toy Plush Narwhal with Mustache & Monocle for Children or Adults - Perfect Party Gift or Bedtime Friend for Boys & Girls - 14 Inches • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
MerryMakers Pete the Cat Plush Doll, 14.5-Inch • Amazon Business $15.46 1 $15.46
GUND Pusheen Star Mermaid Stuffed Animal Cat Plush, 7" • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Splat the Catl, Drag Along Plush • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
MerryMakers The Day the Crayons Quit Blue Plush Toy, 12-Inch • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
MerryMakers The Day the Crayons Quit Red Plush Toy, 12-Inch • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
MerryMakers Bad Kitty Plush Doll, 8-Inch • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
MerryMakers Fly Guy Plush Toy, 8-Inch • Amazon Business $9.61 1 $9.61

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