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Mrs. Schantzen from Lebec CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Garden

My students need an extensive selection of "Battle of the Books" titles and 2 bean bags.

  • $541 goal

This project expired on February 14, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero A garden is good for mental health and well-being. I want all our students to learn to enjoy reading for pleasure. I want them to celebrate reading either alone or with others.

We live in a beautiful place and I want the students to enjoy outdoors.

I want them to think of reading as a social occasion, to share reading with others and encourage other students and staff to read. We are a 4-8 grade school, in a rural area in California. Our library has too many 1950's era books...and with all the budget cuts we need more books for their age and current interests. Reading comprehension will be easier if the books are interesting for students. Participating in a form of "Battle of the Books" competition will help students learn to read better, understand and remember what they read.

My Project

We need an extensive selection of "Battle of the Books" titles so that they can participate in this program and two bean bag chairs to start a Reading Garden to be built over time. We will be able to help our students learn to enjoy reading. The books and chairs are the start of a "Reading Garden" that we are going to build in stages. The garden will have a dual purpose. It will provide a quiet place for students to go during recesses and lunch to read, and for teachers to take their students to read during the day. Taking care of the garden will also help the kids learn responsibility and caring for the earth.

My students are very excited about this school project.

They have already come up with garden designs. They love the fact that we may be getting some new and more current books for all grade levels to read. They also like the idea of a reading competition. Your help and support will help us make a dream a reality.

Mrs. Schantzen
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 425 students.

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Firegirl Tony Abbott • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Hope Was Here Joan Bauer • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
A Solitary Blue Cynthia Voigt • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson Series #1) Caroline B. Cooney, Berridge • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Boggart Susan Cooper, Omar Rayyan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Black Star, Bright Dawn Scott O'Dell • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Nory Ryan's Song Patricia Reilly Giff • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Breaking Through Francisco Jimenez, Francisco Jimtnez • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Kira-Kira Cynthia Kadohata • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Tail of Emily Windsnap #1) Liz Kessler, Sarah Gibb (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Silent to the Bone E. L. Konigsburg • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Gentle Ben Walt Morey, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Other Side of Dark Joan Lowery Nixon • Barnes and Noble $5.55 1 $5.55
Project Mulberry Linda Sue Park • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The River (Brian's Saga Series #2) Gary Paulsen, Delacorte Press • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series #1) Michelle Paver, Geoff Taylor (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Teacher's Funeral Richard Peck • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Three Volume Boxed Set Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $11.10 1 $11.10
Missing May Cynthia Rylant • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Flipped Wendelin Van Draanen • Barnes and Noble $7.64 1 $7.64
Dragonwings (Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1903) Laurence Yep • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Devil's Arithmetic Jane Yolen • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs Betty G. Birney, Matt Phelan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Wanted... Mud Blossom Betsy Byars • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney, Barbara Cooney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop Series) Bruce Coville, Gary A. Lippincott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Ruby Holler Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Courage of Sarah Noble Alice Dalgliesh, Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog (Hank the Cowdog Series #1) John R. Erickson, Gerald L. Holmes (Illustrator), Gerald Holmes (Illustrator), Gerald L. Holmes • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Million Dollar Shot Dan Gutman • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Running Out of Time Margaret Peterson Haddix, Dan Craig (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World Katherine Hannigan • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Worth A. LaFaye • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Fables Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
All about Sam Lois Lowry, Diane de Groat (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Snow Treasure Marie Mcswigan, Andr LaBlanc (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Night of the Twisters Ivy Ruckman • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Call It Courage Armstrong Sperry, Armstrong Sperry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Hobbit or There and Back Again J. R. R. Tolkien • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Each Little Bird That Sings Deborah Wiles • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #1) Patricia C. Wrede, Krista Marino (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Velveteen Rabbit (Barnes & Noble Edition) Margery Williams, Robyn Officer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.74 1 $4.74
The Westing Game Ellen Raskin • Barnes and Noble $1.89 1 $1.89
Best School Year Ever Barbara Robinson • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Summer of the Monkeys Wilson Rawls • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
BEAN BAG CHAIR ADULT TRI-COLOR • School Specialty Inc. $48.34 2 $96.68

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