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Ms. Gunnill from Anchorage AK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Have a Need, a Need to Read!

My students need a variety of books and supplies for independent and creative thought.

  • $1,459 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have an amazing Fourth-grade class in a neighborhood school in Anchorage, Alaska. We are extremely diverse, but in our classroom, we treat each other like family. I am amazed every day by how respectful and open-minded my students are regarding their differences in culture and background. Many of my students live in low-income neighborhoods. They receive most of their meals and snacks through the free and reduced lunch program. I have an excited and energetic group that loves to learn, especially through projects.

I strive to build a classroom environment for my students that is reliable, comfortable, and consistent for those who may not have the same experience outside of school.

I am a second-year teacher and my classroom is a work in progress. I am in need of organizational materials, book series, and visual resources to make my classroom an awesome place to learn and a haven for students that have challenging home lives.

My Project

My classroom environment is built around fostering independence. My class library and student supply station are in the same area. It is an independent workstation, students can stretch out with a clipboard and work, or stop by for a book or a pair of scissors. My shelving is dated and I am looking to upgrade the organization with the cloth bins and the compartmentalized shelving unit. My goal is to create an environment where students can: find a variety of books they are interested in such as author's series or science readers, use flexible seating areas with the foam reading pillows to stretch out, and have easy access to supplies and resources when needed. I want to expand my class library to promote literacy and reading for pleasure.

A successful classroom is full of self-directed and creative learners and it is my job to provide an environment to achieve those standards.

My class loves geography, map reading, and earth sciences and often choose books about those topics. Most weeks we have only one class period dedicated to either Social Studies or Science lessons, with the "Eyewitness" and National Geographic readers, they will be able to explore those topics throughout the week. I am looking to expand my series collections with the Louis Sachar, Roald Dahl, and "The Who Was" Biography collections to name a few. During our "Idita-Read" contest in March, students read the length of the Iditarod Trail where every mile of the race is a minute to read and recorded each checkpoint. I had students that finished books like "Holes," and the "The Witches" and were looking for other books that were similar styles or genres. My students need a variety of titles and genres readily accessible to continue to promote pleasure reading.

Ms. Gunnill
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
4th Grade Classroom Library Set (Classroom Library Collections) • Amazon Business $199.00 1 $199.00
Who Was? Nonfiction (24 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $107.57 1 $107.57
Dahl Author Study with Classroom Add-Ons (11 Books) • AKJ Education $87.46 1 $87.46
Sachar Author Study with Classroom Add-Ons (9 Books) • AKJ Education $76.23 1 $76.23
mDesign Soft Fabric Dresser Drawer and Closet Chevron Storage Organizer Set for Child/Baby Room, Nursery, Playroom – Organizing Bins in 2 Sizes – Set of 12, Zig Zag Geometric Pattern in Taupe/Natural • Amazon Business $29.88 2 $59.76
DK Eyewitness Assortment 2 (5 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $58.33 1 $58.33
Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart, Multi Color • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Paper Mate Flair Medium Point Marker Pen, Black, 36/Pack (1921070) • Staples Advantage $48.79 1 $48.79
LANGRIA 12 Cubby Shelving Modular Cube DIY Shoe Rack, Storage Drawer Unit Multi Use Modular Organizer Plastic Cabinet with Doors, Black and White Curly Pattern • Amazon Business $46.99 1 $46.99
Kate Dicamillo (7 Books) • AKJ Education $44.09 1 $44.09
Andrew Clements (7 Books) • AKJ Education $40.35 1 $40.35
LINENSPA Shredded Foam Reading Pillow - Perfect for Adults, Teens, and Kids - Velour Cover - 3 Year Warranty • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Baseball Card Adventure (8 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $39.60 1 $39.60
ItemMax Whiteboard Eraser with Ez-Erase Felt, Dry Erase Erasers for Home, Office and School Classroom Teacher (12, Blue) • Amazon Business $9.84 4 $39.36
12-Pack of Premium Magnetic Dry Erase Erasers / Dry Erasers - 2" x 2" - Perfect Whiteboard Erasers for Classroom, Home and Office • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
Cheer Collection Super Comfortable Foam-Filled TV and Reading Pillow for Kids in Sky Blue with Removable Microplush Washable Cover • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Teacher Created Resources Black Polka Dots Storage Pocket Chart (20750) • Amazon Business $27.93 1 $27.93
X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue, 1 Count (1670) • Amazon Business $24.87 1 $24.87
National Geographic Readers (7 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $22.40 1 $22.40
A4 Cinema Light Box - Vintage LED Sign with 105 Letters and Colour Emojis, USB Lead Included • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
McDonald Publishing Earth Science Basics Teaching Poster Set • Amazon Business $16.05 1 $16.05
Teacher Created Resources Gray Marquee Straight Border Trim • Amazon Business $9.63 1 $9.63
Edupress EP595 International Flags Spotlight Border, 3" x 39' Size, 3" Width, 3" Length, 3" Height • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Tru-Ray Fade Resistant Art Construction Paper, Bright Assorted Colors, 9" x 12", 50 Sheets • Staples Advantage $1.75 5 $8.75
Creative Teaching Press Mini Bulletin Board Set, Map and Map Skills (3793) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29

Materials cost

$1,144.10

Vendor shipping charges

$31.38

State sales tax

$17.16

3rd party payment processing fee

$17.16

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,239.80

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$218.79

Total project goal

$1,458.59

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,458.59

17 Donors

-$1,091.30

Donations toward project cost

-$927.61

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$163.69

Matching donations from our partners

-$367.28

Match offers toward project cost

-$312.19

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$55.09

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.01

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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