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Ms. Rubin from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Is the First Step to College and Beyond!

My students need books to read at home with their families, to reinforce the reading skills they gain at school, while also developing the habits of mind to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

  • $425 goal

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My Students

I am so happy to talk about my school, which currently serves 650 students, in grades Pre-K through 8, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It's a public, open-enrollment charter school that has deep roots in our community. Free or reduced lunch is received by a large percentage of our students. Many different races and ethnicities are represented at our school; most of our scholars are African-American. Specifically, 96% of our students qualify as economically disadvantaged, 20% are Special Education students, and 7% are ESL students.

Our K-1-2 program implements a groundbreaking Montessori program that has been lauded by the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education, who described our school as "a school that is on the rise and that's great news for education in New Orleans." We are so proud of this distinction and we want to do even more for our community.

Our school values diversity in our scholars, their families, and the community we serve. Our students are inquisitive, bright, and eager to learn new things! We are constantly improving our teaching methods to develop capable, independent scholars who can overcome obstacles with critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.

My Project

At our school, we teach our scholars that college is for everyone. Further, we believe that college starts in kindergarten! We approach academics with rigor to show our scholars that a college education is not out of reach. Literacy is the first step towards the achievement of this goal. At the beginning of each year, we host Family Night for families of students in kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade. Family Night is one of our first opportunities to work with families to reinforce what we share with our scholars at school. This is critical to acquisition and development of skills, particularly reading, which is learned by practice.

At Family Night, we give every scholar a book at the appropriate reading level to take home; students can continue practicing word recognition and reading, building on classroom skills, so their reading can get stronger every day!

Families can feel involved in their scholars' academic progress while spending quality time sharing a story that engages scholars and sparks their imagination. Together, schools and families can create a learning environment that prepares strong readers.

Our scholars work hard, showing grit, excellence, courage, and unity everyday! We are so proud to provide as many resources as we can for our scholars, at no expense to families. Your support will provide high-quality learning materials to students who may not have access to the right tools for success outside of school. One book can change a child’s whole world and we cannot do this without you!

Ms. Rubin
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 40 students.

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Go, Dog Go (I Can Read It All By Myself, Beginner Books) • Amazon Business $6.00 50 $300.00

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