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Teacher Scotvold from Rockford IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Summer Book Club

My students need Moo: A Novel, to engage with books every day this summer so they can maintain, and ideally strengthen, the skills they learned during the school year.

  • $161 goal

This project expired on September 11, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students represent my city. They are diverse in race, economic status, family makeup, and learning style. This diversity makes my classroom a rich environment for learning--not just for math, geometry, and language but also for empathy, compassion, cooperation, and tolerance.

I teach at a public Montessori program in an urban setting with a free-and-reduced-lunch population of 41%; we are a Title 1 school.

We are an alternative program in our city's public school district, and students are enrolled through a lottery program.

My Project

Research shows that summer is a time when students who don’t read lose 2-3 months of reading proficiency, which accumulates over the years every summer a child goes without reading. “By the time children reach middle school, those who haven’t read during the summers may have lost as much as two years’ worth of achievement” (Julie M. Wood, Ed.D., PBSKids.org). Our students reflect these statistics. As a whole, our school's reading scores are below to severely below national and state averages on standardized tests.

A majority of our students don't have easy access to public libraries nor have even the minimal of home libraries.

My goal is to give my students quality books to read and discuss over the summer months. I need my students to continue reading in the summer.

I propose a Summer Reading Club where teachers volunteer to read and discuss books with our student body over the summer months. Along with several of my peers, I will advertise the books selections in our building and invite students entering 4-7th grades to sign up for the book or books they would like to read. The books are chosen from several grade-appropriate reading programs, such as the 2019 Rebecca Caudill, Bluestem, and Jane Addams selection lists. Each participant will receive the chosen book and the discussion date before summer break. Students will provide contact information, so that I can keep in contact and encourage them up until the discussion date, which will be in June, July, or August. Students will meet with the me to share their ideas, questions, and understandings. There will be no assignments--just an opportunity to enjoy a good read!

Teacher Scotvold
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 22 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Moo: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.99 15 $104.85

Materials cost

$104.85

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.57

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$136.42

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$24.07

Total project goal

$160.49

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$160.49

4 Donors

-$160.49

Donations toward project cost

-$136.42

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$24.07

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$0.00

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