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Ms. Hayes from Ann Arbor MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Swahili Speakers Love Reading

Help me give my students the gift of reading in English and Swahili. With magnetic letters, a white board and plenty of books in their home language, we will have everything we need to get these kiddos reading!

  • $171 goal

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My Students

Our school has 6 new, amazing, awesome, smart, hardworking Swahili-speaking refugee students from Tanzania and Zambia. They come to school every day with big smiles on their faces and are trying very hard to learn to read and write at the same time as they learn English- no easy feat for anyone! But the challenges of learning language, literacy and a new culture don't get them down. They love playing, laughing, singing and joking around. They bring so much light and love to Carpenter School!

My Project

My students are new to the country, new to English and new to reading! With magnetic letters, a white board and a stash of Swahili language books, they will have everything they need to dive into beginning literacy!

Since many of our new students are in 4th and 5th grade, their mainstream classrooms do not provide them with the pre-literacy support that they need.

As their ESL teacher, I am seeking to fill the gap. I also know that seeing the Swahili language in print will give them pride in their home language and culture. I would also like to send the books home so that they can practice reading at home with their very involved and supportive parents.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
OfficePro Ultra-Slim, Lightweight Magnetic Dry Erase Board & Accessories (Includes Whiteboard Pen & Pen Tray, 3 x Magnets & Eraser) - 24 x 36 Inch • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
Kuku Kumi - It's All Swahili to Me!: A Fun Rhyme Book for Children (Swahili Basics) (Swahili Edition) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Hamisi Mjusi Mlalamishi (Swahili Edition) • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
Magnetic Foam Letters and Numbers Premium Quality ABC, 93 Foam Alphabet Magnets | Educational Toy for Preschool Learning, Spelling, Counting in Canister • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Maisha Ni Mazuri! (Swahili) (Swahili Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Am I small? Mimi ni mdogo?: Children's Picture Book English-Swahili (Bilingual Edition) (English and Swahili Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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