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Mrs. DeSalvo from Stamford CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Students Who Read Go on to Lead and Succeed!

My students need high-interest and age-appropriate books, inspirational books that foster creativity and perseverance for read-alouds, and comfortable seating to enjoy the experience of reading and listening.

  • $803 goal

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My Students

Each morning, I begin the day welcoming 16 bright, smiling, and eager students into my kindergarten class. They come from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses, coming together to create a diverse classroom community where we learn something new from each other each day!

My students are kind, creative, and eager to learn.

They love to practice the things they're good at, but even more so love a challenge! Their eyes light up when presented with one, their attention focused and their brains fully engaged. I try to foster a can-do, try-try-again attitude when it comes to "the tricky stuff."

My Project

Reading is a crucial skill for children in school and beyond. It is critical for them to have access to reading materials that are both age-appropriate and interesting to them. For some students, school is the only place they have access to books. Because of this, it is important for teachers like me to have a well-stocked classroom library.

Because it is my first year teaching first grade after previously teaching Kindergarten, I want to make sure I have a wide range of reading materials available for students of all reading levels.

For this project, the stools, ottomans, and couch will help me create a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere in my classroom where children can read or listen to a good book. I've chosen books from the "I Can Read" series ranging from the phonics level to level 3, as well as classic beloved chapter books such as "Ramona, the Brave." The varied levels containing popular characters such as Pete the Cat, Pinkalicious, and Super Heroes such as Superman and Wonder Woman will give students many options when it comes to picking out books to read. Read-aloud books like "What Do You Do with A Problem" and "The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes" will hopefully inspire students to keep a can-do attitude when things get tough - not just in literacy, but for every new challenge they will face!

Mrs. DeSalvo
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Brand New World Modern Casual Enviro-Child Upholstery Sofa - Blue • Amazon Business $154.99 1 $154.99
Sorbus Storage Ottoman Bench – Collapsible/Folding Bench Chest with Cover – Perfect Toy and Shoe Chest, Hope Chest, Pouffe Ottoman, Seat, Foot Rest, – Contemporary Faux Suede (Large-Bench, Teal) • Amazon Business $47.99 2 $95.98
Fat Catalog Assorted Color Metal Stack Stool with Padded Seat, ALT1100SO (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $45.00 2 $90.00
The Never Girls Collection #1 (Disney: The Never Girls) • Amazon Business $15.87 1 $15.87
The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father [4 Book Box set] • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Biscuit's Neighborhood: 5 Fun-Filled Stories in 1 Box! (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Justice League Reading Collection: 5 I Can Read Books Inside! (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Pinkalicious: Pink-a-rama (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Amelia Bedelia I Can Read Box Set #2: Books Are a Ball (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Fancy Nancy Collector's Quintet (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
Funny School Stories: Learning to Read Box Set: 5 Fun-Filled Adventures! (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Phonics Power! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
World of Reading Disney Princess Level 1 Boxed Set • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
World of Reading Star Wars Boxed Set: Level 2 • Amazon Business $10.09 1 $10.09
World of Reading Marvel Boxed Set: Level 1 - Purchase Includes Marvel eBook! • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
Superman Classic: Superman Phonics Fun (Includes 12 Books) (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
World of Reading Disney Classic Characters Level 1 Boxed Set • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
World of Reading Star Wars Boxed Set: Level 1 (World of Reading: Level 1) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Pete the Cat Phonics Box: Includes 12 Mini-Books Featuring Short and Long Vowel Sounds (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
Disney Princess Reading Adventures Disney Princess Level 1 Boxed Set • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
The Dot • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Moana Finds the Way (Disney Moana) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Pua and Heihei (Disney Moana) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Batgirl Classic: On the Case! (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Mittens (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Mittens at School (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Wonder Woman Classic: I Am Wonder Woman (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Follow Me, Mittens (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $2.96 1 $2.96

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