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Ms. Young from Webster TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Spark the Mind: Put a Book in Their Hands

My students need books in our classroom library that are empowering.

  • $542 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Known for being a school of great character, we aspire to be different and set that as our norm. Each student knows that when they walk into our halls and into my classroom, they are welcomed--We are a family. The amount of acceptance these kids have for one another is unworldly. My students think of themselves as a community of learners, because they each share a part in building success for anyone willing to grow. They have an unstoppable, empowering voice!

At ages 9-11, my students do not really have one lane that they're in.

They are still searching for anything and everything that inspires them, whether they be big or small dreams. While we explore these dreams, we laugh, we learn, we build each other up, and we build awareness. Like many a' days, we all enjoy sitting at the carpet, reading a great piece of literature, anticipating what will happen next or thinking about the impact it has on us. We love telling and hearing stories being told from one another. My learners show no fear to be themselves, or make mistakes.

My Project

Literacy is the cornerstone for all things experienced and imagined. Having these books in our library would help my students go beyond their own experiences and thinking. When my students pick up a book, like "Jabari Jumps", they won't just think, "He is finally jumping off the diving board for the first time", but maybe think, "If he is brave enough to do this, then maybe I can be brave and try new things too", or "Now, I know I'm not the only person who fears something". Books bring out very powerful moments for my students, because they can really connect to them and build interest in topics/themes that reel them in. Having these engaging books to read to them, gives me a chance to guide them towards becoming readers and writers for life.

We will use these books every day to "spark" their imagination across all subject areas.

Not only do we use these books as readers, but we also use them for writing purposes to notice what great authors do. For example, I like to read "Saturdays and Teacakes", which we discuss all the things we love about the text, then I model how my readers can write a review for the book. Students select their favorite book to read, and write their own review. Frequently, my students select picture books for this, so I want to give them more opportunities for choice. We use these books to break down concepts that would otherwise be lost to most in their chapter books. I believe that if we want to empower learners everywhere, we will put a book in their hands.

Ms. Young
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 56 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Four Feet, Two Sandals • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
Extraordinary Jane • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Crow Call • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Love • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Waiting • Amazon Business $14.55 1 $14.55
Dude! • Amazon Business $14.54 1 $14.54
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
What If... • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Bluebird • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Saturdays and Teacakes • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
Mixed: A Colorful Story • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
The Rabbit Listened • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Be Kind • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!) • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Not Quite Narwhal • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Ninja Warrior!: A Secret Job That's Your Destiny • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
The Great Fire • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Books • Amazon Business $8.72 1 $8.72
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Salem Witch!: Bizarre Accusations You'd Rather Not Face • Amazon Business $8.62 1 $8.62
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Lost on a Mountain in Maine • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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