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Mrs. June from Shaw AFB SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading + Doing = Learning

My students need books that will inspire them to engage in hands-on experiments and projects so they can put the STEAM principles they're learning at school into practice at home.

  • $703 goal

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My Students

The students who visit my library range from military kids who have traveled widely and had many cultural experiences to poverty-stricken children who have never been more than fifteen miles from home. I have as many special education students as gifted and talented students, and they are involved in a variety of school activities including chorus, step club, sports, and drama.

Each student has unique interests and abilities to develop and share, so I want to give them all an opportunity to shine in front of their peers.

One way I do that is by providing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning centers that are developed and led by students. They are encouraged to share their findings and creations with one another, and to collaborate for better results.

I'm also building a library book collection that allows each child to explore his or her interests while learning about the world beyond our town. I have some students reading on a first grade level, while others are already reading middle school novels. My funding has been severely cut the last two years, so I'm turning to Donor's Choose to provide the resources this diverse group of students needs and deserves.

My Project

My students have embraced the maker movement in my library, and many of my makerspace centers incorporate interactive projects that emphasize STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) concepts. We use math manipulatives, simple building materials, art supplies, and science kits to put theory into practice. Students have the opportunity and guidance to engage in active learning when they're with me each week, but what happens after they leave the library?

Your support of this project will provide additional STEAM instructional books for our library collection so students can continue the hands-on learning at home.

When students practice sequencing and symmetry with origami projects, they want to check out origami books so they can do more paper folding at home. When they plan and build catapults using popsicle sticks and rubber bands to see which design throws a marshmallow the furthest, they want books that show them how to build and test other contraptions after school. When they explore patterns and tessellations through zentangle doodling, they clamor for step-by-step drawing books to practice in their spare time.

Currently I can't fill the high demand for how-to books that correspond to our makerspace themes, but with your help more kids will have access to the resources they need to experiment with STEAM projects after the school day ends! These books will engage students in creative thinking and hands-on learning activities, helping to develop the next generation of scientists, artists, and engineers.

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

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This project will reach 500 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Incredible Duct Tape Projects You Can Create (Imagine It, Build It) • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Cool Chemistry Activities for Girls (Girls Science Club) • Amazon Business $26.77 1 $26.77
Everyday Origami: A Foldable Fashion Guide (Fashion Origami) • Amazon Business $25.96 1 $25.96
Accessory Projects for a Lazy Crafternoon • Amazon Business $25.26 1 $25.26
Back-to-School Projects for a Lazy Crafternoon • Amazon Business $23.42 1 $23.42
Superman Origami: Amazing Folding Projects Featuring the Man of Steel (DC Origami) • Amazon Business $22.40 1 $22.40
Origami Outfits: A Foldable Fashion Guide (Fashion Origami) • Amazon Business $22.22 1 $22.22
Draw Your Own Nature Zendoodles (Draw Your Own Zendoodles) • Amazon Business $22.07 1 $22.07
Repurpose It: Invent New Uses for Old Stuff (Invent It) • Amazon Business $20.92 1 $20.92
Draw 50 Magical Creatures (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $20.83 1 $20.83
Draw 50 Animals (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Draw 50 (Prebound)) • Amazon Business $20.83 1 $20.83
Draw 50 Athletes (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Draw 50 (Prebound)) • Amazon Business $20.83 1 $20.83
Draw 50 Vehicles (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Draw 50 (Prebound)) • Amazon Business $20.83 1 $20.83
Build It: Invent New Structures and Contraptions (Invent It) • Amazon Business $19.87 1 $19.87
Cool Engineering Activities for Girls (Girls Science Club) • Amazon Business $19.12 1 $19.12
Awesome Paper Projects You Can Create (Imagine It, Build It) • Amazon Business $18.57 1 $18.57
Batman Origami: Amazing Folding Projects Featuring the Dark Knight (DC Origami) • Amazon Business $18.45 1 $18.45
Botanical Line Drawing: 200 Step-by-Step Flowers, Leaves, Cacti, Succulents, and Other Items Found in Nature • Amazon Business $17.96 1 $17.96
Draw 50 Monsters (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Draw 50 (Prebound)) • Amazon Business $17.88 1 $17.88
Gloss, Floss, and Wash: DIY Crafts and Recipes for a Fresh Face and Teeth (DIY Day Spa) • Amazon Business $16.24 1 $16.24
20 Ways to Draw Everything: With 135 Nature Themes from Cats and Tigers to Tulips and Trees • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers • Amazon Business $14.94 1 $14.94
Eco Gifts: Upcycled Gifts You Can Make (Make It, Gift It) • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
Cool Biology Activities for Girls (Girls Science Club) • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things with Wings: A Sketchbook for Artists, Designers, and Doodlers • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Adventures in Lettering: 40 exercises to improve your lettering skills • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Sleepover Girls Crafts: Super Science Projects You Can Make and Share • Amazon Business $8.12 1 $8.12
Sleepover Girls Crafts: Spa Projects You Can Make and Share • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63

Materials cost

$522.14

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$36.81

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.83

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$596.78

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$105.31

Total project goal

$702.09

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$702.09

7 Donors

-$460.78

Donations toward project cost

-$392.11

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$68.67

match offer

-$240.79

Match offer toward project cost

-$204.67

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.12

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.53

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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