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Ms. McCollester from Stuttgart AR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Room 199 Ducklings Need to Spread Our Wings!

My students need 3 sets of classic grade-level chapter books to help improve their fluency and love of reading!

  • $725 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

"Good readers sound like human beings when they read, not like robots." My students repeat this sentence to each other over and over as they work to increase their fluency, to read faster and with more expression in their voices.

My twenty students attend the only public elementary school in our small Arkansas town.

They call themselves the Class of 2023, as that is the year they will graduate from four-year colleges and universities, and they can often be heard chanting, "We're the Class of 2023, working hard is what we'll be, getting smarter, growing our brains, reach our Big Goals, make big gains!" Over half of them scored Below Basic on the state standardized test last year, and yet they have such huge potential for growth if they can learn to truly fall in love with reading. They frequently check out picture books from the school library on deer hunting, duck hunting, tractor pulls, and dirt bikes, but they shy away from more difficult chapter books by Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Beverly Cleary, and the like.

My Project

These chapter books, with accompanying audio CDs, will enable my students to experience incredible classic children's literature which has, until now, been off limits to them due to their limited reading abilities. Hearing fluent adults read these texts on CD will increase my students' fluency, and as elementary-level fluency is one of the best known predictors of graduation rates and college attendance, it will help them succeed both this year and later in life!

Your donation will open my students' eyes to a world they've never been able to access before.

With your help, my students will listen to chapter books on audio CD now, increase their fluency dramatically, and be able to read those books themselves by the end of the year! On behalf of the Class of 2023, climbing the mountain to college, THANK YOU!

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Ms. McCollester
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RE180X - Favorite Chapter Book CD Read-Alongs - Set 2 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $169.00 1 $169.00
RE740X - Favorite Chapter Book CD Read-Alongs - Set 1 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $165.00 1 $165.00
RE915X - Favorite Chapter Book CD Read-Alongs - Set 3 - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $195.00 1 $195.00

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