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Mrs. Sewell from Winston Salem NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading to Build Character

My students need picture books that teach about social and emotional skills.

  • $235 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach at a Title I school in North Carolina where a free breakfast and lunch are provided to every single student. With the generosity of the "Backpack Program," we are also able to send packages of food home with students for the weekends. Our students are often in need of the most basic school supplies, like pencils and paper, just so they can complete their homework. I can't even imagine how difficult it is to learn when you deal with this stress on a daily basis.

Despite all these financial challenges, our students do not operate as "me" but always as "we." Everything they have is shared and they love to help others.

They work hard every day and enjoy learning. They are kind, selfless, caring, and have so much empathy. If they hear a teacher or friend or classmate is having a bad day, they shower them with cards and hugs and words of encouragement.

Seeing this every day makes me want to provide the best possible education for them to make sure they can accomplish whatever they want in life. I can tell that since you're here, you also want to make that happen.

My Project

If a child does not know how to read, we teach them to read. If a child does not know how to ride a bike, we teach them to ride a bike. If a child does not know how to behave... we should teach them that too! The core focus for building my classroom community is social and emotional learning, also called SEL. We use picture books, discussion, role playing, and other activities and toys to learn how to handle emotions like ANGER and JEALOUSY and why it is important to FOLLOW RULES, take RESPONSIBILITY for our actions, and tell the TRUTH.

At the start of every new school year I remember how important it is to teach our children how to be good friends, classmates, and CITIZENS.

Character education is just as important as reading and STEM. We need more than educated people. We need people who will use their education to cause positive change. For this project, my vision is to incorporate picture books about character education, emotions, and social skills into every day reading. I want the books to include children of all different colors and be really engaging for my students so that everyone feels valued.

Mrs. Sewell
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dragon and The Bully: Teach Your Dragon How To Deal With The Bully. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Dealing with Bullying in Schools. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Train Your Dragon To Follow Rules: Teach Your Dragon To NOT Get Away With Rules. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Understand The Importance of Following Rules. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 11) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Teach Your Dragon to Stop Lying: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids NOT to Lie. A Cute Children Story To Teach Children About Telling The Truth and Honesty. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 15) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Dragon To Love Himself: A Dragon Book To Give Children Positive Affirmations. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Love Who They Are. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 13) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon To Understand Consequences: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Choices and Consequences. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How ... Good Choices. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 14) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
When Miles Got Mad • Amazon Business $11.01 1 $11.01
The Mindful Dragon: A Dragon Book about Mindfulness. Teach Your Dragon To Be Mindful. A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids about Mindfulness, Focus and Peace. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
The Crayon Box that Talked • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59

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