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Ms. Keeler from Rochester NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Touching Spirit Bear's Children

My students need 25 individual copies of Ben Mikaelsen's "Touching Spirit Bear" and "Ghost of Spirit Bear" books for a class reading project to change bullying behaviors as well as several other book titles.

  • $518 goal

This project expired on April 27, 2012.

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My Students

Do you remember a book you read as a child that touched your spirit? The story of a bully, a victim and a Spirit Bear can be that experience for my students in Ben Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear and sequel Ghost of Spirit Bear .

Sixth grade students in an urban school with a high poverty rate struggle with basic needs before school demands are addressed.

This is a bilingual school with 600 students. My class is part of the major achievement program where students have potential to succeed but often do not show initiative or responsibility. Wasted chances keep them from succeeding academically. High rates of suspension and discipline problems plague their learning.

My Project

Students love these Spirit Bear books. There is absolute silence when they are being read aloud to class. The story of a bully and the violence he commits unfortunately is familiar to the listeners. The intense scenes of sacrifice and commitment to others impresses students. These stories show another way of dealing with misbehavior that brings healing and discipline instead of punishment and and resentment. If you think that a good story can change lives give this chance to my students. Through reading, research and class discussions of the Spirit bear stories students can think for themselves and discover values that combat reactive street behaviors. My students will learn that violence is not the only way to deal with emotions. Give them a chance to read spirit changing stories to guide thinking to see the effect of behavior and the consequences on yourself and others.

Be the Spirit Bear that tears away at old thought patterns and reactions.

Touch these students' lives with memories that give them life affirming choices. Help reduce bullying, suspensions and fighting in our school by donations for these books and materials to support them.

Ms. Keeler
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ghost of Spirit Bear • AKJ Books $4.43 25 $110.75
Ghost of Spirit Bear • AKJ Books $19.98 1 $19.98
Touching Spirit Bear Audio CD • AKJ Books $25.90 1 $25.90
Touching Spirit Bear • AKJ Books $4.43 25 $110.75
NU5273-Touching Spirit Bear • AKJ Books $8.87 1 $8.87
Touching Spirit Bear SP5281- • AKJ Books $9.58 1 $9.58
Jonathan Livingston Seagull • AKJ Books $8.13 1 $8.13
Bears • AKJ Books $5.88 5 $29.40
Bears • AKJ Books $8.10 1 $8.10
Petey Ben Mikaelsen • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Sparrow Hawk Red Ben Mikaelsen • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Stranded • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Tree Girl • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Welcome to the World of Spirit Bears • AKJ Books $4.40 6 $26.40
Carnivores of British Columbia • AKJ Books $20.68 1 $20.68

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