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Mrs. Garcia-Medina from Baldwin Park CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading for the Stars!

My students need 30 books for their class library to able to read the newer, more popular books available in testing.

  • $438 goal

This project expired on May 9, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you recall how excited you were when you first started to read for pleasure? The moment when words painted a picture in your mind? But, what if pages were missing from your book? Or, the story was too old and and you could not relate to the characters or setting? Still reading for enjoyment?

My 3rd graders have come to the point where they are no longer learning to read, they are reading for pleasure.

Our school has implemented a schoolwide incentive program, based on Accelerated Reader quizzes,to motivate students to read more. My students are excited about the prospect of moving through the various levels, but do not have a sufficient amount of titles available to them so that they may realize their goal. I have great students, with hard working parents, in a low socio-economic area. Most of my students walk to school and are on free or reduced lunch. Regardless of the difficulties that life may throw at my students, they come to school happy and eager to learn.

My Project

My school is located in a low socio-economic area. As budget cuts continue to take away from our students, and the sluggish economy continues to take away from their parents, it becomes increasingly more challenging to keep students focused on their education and motivated to keep moving forward. Students are forced to live in multiple family residences and the constant thought of having to relocate to where the work is. Most of the parents have to work multiple, low-paying jobs to provide for their families, which keeps them out until late at night. Transportation is limited which prevents students from accessing the local library. I am requesting books for our class library which will introduce my girls to Fancy Nancy and my boys to Big Nate. High-interest series like these will keep my students both interested and challenged. The authors I have selected take students to places they have never been before and allow them to experience life through a different lense.

This donation will not only grow readers, but it will inspire writers.

You never know; this project may just produce a future Newberry Award Winning author! Thank you for supporting my current and future students.

Mrs. Garcia-Medina
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 272 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Nate Strikes Again Lincoln Peirce • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Dinosaurs Love Underpants Claire Freedman, Ben Cort (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Children Make Terrible Pets Peter Brown, Peter Brown (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.43 1 $9.43
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion Mo Willems • AKJ BOOKS $9.99 1 $9.99
The Black Book of Buried Secrets (The 39 Clues Series) Rick Riordan • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Fancy Nancy Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.99 1 $9.99
Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.99 1 $9.99
This Isn't What It Looks Like (Secret Series #4) Pseudonymous Bosch • AKJ BOOKS $9.43 1 $9.43
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself Lincoln Peirce • AKJ BOOKS $8.88 1 $8.88
Chick 'n' Pug Jennifer Sattler • AKJ BOOKS $10.25 1 $10.25
Ivy and Bean What's the Big Idea? (Ivy and Bean Series #7) Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall • AKJ BOOKS $10.25 1 $10.25
Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray Nick Bruel • AKJ BOOKS $9.56 1 $9.56
Scumble Ingrid Law • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.25 1 $10.25
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (Elephant and Piggie Series) Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
NERDS: M Is for Mama's Boy Michael Buckley, Ethen Beavers (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.22 1 $10.22
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.25 1 $10.25
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future Dav Pilkey, Harold Hutchins, George Beard • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Late for School Steve Martin, C. F. Payne (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
Poor Puppy Nick Bruel • AKJ BOOKS $11.59 1 $11.59
Chicken Big Keith Graves • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Bink and Gollie Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.93 1 $10.93
Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes Pablo Cartaya, Martin Howard, Kirsten Richards (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (Fancy Nancy Series) Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
Buzz Boy And Fly Guy Tedd Arnold • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon Patty Lovell, David Catrow (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.93 1 $10.93
The Secret Lives of Princesses Philippe Lechermeier, Rebecca Dautremer (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
Leonardo the Terrible Monster Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
How to Ride a Dragon's Storm (How to Train Your Dragon Series #7) Cressida Cowell • AKJ BOOKS $7.51 1 $7.51

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