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Mrs. Harkreader from Gallatin TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The POW-er of Words @Home Reading Kits

My students need these diverse books to read at home with their families!

  • $453 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am a Title I Reading Specialist! My students are striving readers who want to become stronger readers and writers. These students come from backgrounds where day to day 'life" takes over and literacy is not always a priority. Our school is 100% free-reduced lunch and many students are being raised by their grandparents or other family members. They look to myself and their classroom teachers to be those positive educational role models in their life.

Students who are supported and shown the magical powers of reading will quickly embrace it and soar!

My students do just this! They diligently use the skills and strategies modeled and strive to do their very best. They take great pride in their growth as they too can see that magic unfolding before their very eyes.

My Project

We are asking for a variety of books that will be used to make P.O.W. (Power of Words) @Home Reading Kits will be sent home with each child on a rotating basis throughout the school year. Each bag includes a diverse text that the family will read together. The text focuses on the diversity found within their community, including culture, family structure, race, and abilities. These texts will help families understand the cultural differences within their school and community.

The POW book bags emphasize the power of words found within the text but also brings to light the power we have with the words we choose to speak!

In addition, the bag will include various resources to help elicit important conversations and add a layer of engagement. Conversation stems will be included for each text. The conversation starters will lead toward more creative thinking experiences and help guide families to have in-depth, purposeful conversations.

An opportunity for families to respond and reflect will be shared through each P.O.W. response journal. Students have the opportunity to share their family’s experience with myself and their peers. The P.O.W. book bag serves to extend the literacy experience into the home thus students seeing that reading is not just something they do at school. By adding the essential elements of diversity and engagement, students experience more engaging recreational reading opportunities that also help shape them into culturally compassionate community members.

Mrs. Harkreader
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rice & Rocks • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
What If. • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Giant Steps to Change the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Brothers In Hope The Story Of The Lost Boys Of Sudan • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
I Got the Rhythm • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Albie Newton • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
Windows • Amazon Business $13.08 1 $13.08
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
My Brother Charlie • Amazon Business $11.91 1 $11.91
Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
A Different Pond • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell (Christy Ottaviano Books) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Blackout • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
The Yellow Tutu • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Amelia's Road • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Too Many Tamales • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Whoever You Are • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

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