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Mrs. Residori from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Turn my Cabrini first graders into lifelong readers!

The cost of various books from is $343, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a first year first grade teacher in Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood. My students live in the projects across the street from the school, and they all receive free breakfast and lunch at school. These children do not have easy lives. They do not always have stability and security at home, so I try to provide that for them in our classroom. I have worked hard this year to take the eighteen anxious, angry children that walked into my room and turn them into a community of learners. My classroom has become a safe, welcoming place where the students are comfortable enough to take risks and learn. I have guided, challenged, and encouraged my first graders to become readers. Many of them are at the point now where they are excited to pick up a book and know that they can read the words inside. The problem is, with my extremely small classroom library, I have a very limited number of books that are on their level. I would love to be able to provide my students with a library full of books that they can read on their own. This would be the best gift anyone could give them. Not only would these books provide wonderful educational opportunities, but they would give my children a boost of confidence and make them lifelong readers. I am starting by asking for a variety of easy to read non-fiction books, including science topics and biographies. Thank you in advance for your generous donation.

Mrs. Residori
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 18 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday Histories) • $5.95 1 $5.95
Veterans Day • $5.95 1 $5.95
Diwali (Rookie Read-About Holidays) • $5.36 1 $5.36
Chanukah • $5.36 1 $5.36
Holi (Rookie Read-About Holidays) • $5.36 1 $5.36
North America (Rookie Read-About Geography) • $5.36 1 $5.36
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) • $5.36 1 $5.36
Earth Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) • $5.36 1 $5.36
Memorial Day (Rookie Read-About Holidays) • $5.36 1 $5.36
Election Day • $5.36 1 $5.36
Thanksgiving (Rookie Read-About Holidays) • $5.36 1 $5.36
How Does Your Heart Work (Rookie Read-About Health) • $5.36 1 $5.36
Presidents' Day • $5.36 1 $5.36
The Earth Is Mostly Ocean (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
How Do You Know It's Summer (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Shellfish Aren't Fish • $4.95 1 $4.95
Martin Luther King Jr. (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
From Seed to Plant (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Abraham Lincoln (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
It's a Good Thing There Are Insects (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Neil Armstrong (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Martin Luther King Jr. (Real People) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Recycle That! (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
A Look At Teeth (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Living on a Space Shuttle • $4.95 1 $4.95
Rosa Parks (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Vegetables, Vegetables! • $4.95 1 $4.95
George Washington Carver (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
All About Light (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
So That's How the Moon Changes Shape! Rookie Read About Science • $4.95 1 $4.95
The Solar System (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
The Moon (Rookie Read-About Science • $4.95 1 $4.95
All About Sound (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Liftoff (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Squirrels and Chipmunks (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Dr. Seuss (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
George Washington (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
Mother Teresa (Rookie Biographies) • $4.95 1 $4.95
It Could Still Be a Desert • $4.95 1 $4.95
The Top and Bottom of The World (Rookie Read-About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
How Do You Know It's Fall? (Rookie Read-About Science • $4.95 1 $4.95
When a Storm Comes Up • $4.95 1 $4.95
Plants That Eat Animals (Rookie Read About Science) • $4.95 1 $4.95
It Could Still Be Water • $4.95 1 $4.95
I am Rosa Parks (Puffin Easy to Read) • $3.99 1 $3.99
Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington • $3.99 1 $3.99
A Lesson For Martin Luther King Jr. (Ready To Read Cofa) • $3.99 1 $3.99
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (First Step Nonfiction) • $3.95 1 $3.95
Thank You, Dr. King! • $3.50 1 $3.50

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