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Ms. Mantekas from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Gift of Reading

My students need these developmentally appropriate leveled reading books to thrive in their learning goals. In Kindergarten, the exposure to many books is so important in teaching them to love reading!

  • $499 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work at a public preschool with a primarily Hispanic population. Our preschool houses three K3 classrooms, six K4 classrooms, and six K5 classrooms. It is also part of a daycare and after-school care program. I teach kindergarten and have 24 wonderful students!

Each day they come to school happy and excited to learn!

Despite economic class, every child deserves the same opportunities and this school gives them that. We work alongside our families and community to make sure every student that walks into our classroom receives the best possible education!

My Project

These materials will make a difference in my students' learning by giving them the tools they need to be successful lifelong readers. A classroom library is a crucial part of any classroom. This year, we adopted a new reading curriculum to better suit our students. In doing this, a huge part of making sure the curriculum is successful is having lots and lots of books. This includes books on the students level, and also interest books.

In kindergarten, the students go from learning letter names and sounds, all the way to reading leveled books!

The students make huge strides in one year alone! Kindergarten is so important to make sure every student becomes a lifelong learner and reader!

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

This project will reach 24 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Complete Collection of Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie Books (All 22 books!) • Amazon Business $188.55 1 $188.55
First Little Readers: Guided Reading Level C: A Big Collection of Just-Right Leveled Books for Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $56.85 1 $56.85
First Little Readers: Guided Reading Level D: A BIG Collection of Just-Right Leveled Books for Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $54.03 1 $54.03
First Little Readers: Guided Reading Level A: A Big Collection of Just-Right Leveled Books for Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $41.51 1 $41.51
Sight Word Readers Parent Pack: Learning the First 50 Sight Words Is a Snap! • Amazon Business $17.42 1 $17.42
First Little Readers Parent Pack: Guided Reading Level B: 25 Irresistible Books That Are Just the Right Level for Beginning Readers • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Pete the Cat Phonics Box: Includes 12 Mini-Books Featuring Short and Long Vowel Sounds (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $8.93 1 $8.93
Biscuit Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52

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