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Mrs. Jo Ann Hallstrom from Mesa AZ is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

We're Stuck! Please Help Us Check Out Our Books!

Help me give my students a barcode scanner, to have some of the most basic, necessary tools to check out their books.

  • $197 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our Title I elementary school is in a large metropolitan area. I teach K-6th graders 21st century media skills and to love to read. Our 560 students come from diverse cultural backgrounds, including several Native American tribes. Many are immigrants from all over the world. Eighteen different languages are spoken in their homes. Over 90% of our students are in the free or reduced lunch program and so are in financially challenged situations. Our library is critical for them.

Students who develop a strong reading habit succeed.

In a reading impact study, Nagy, Anderson, and Herman proved that students who read 20 minutes a day can score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Wanting this and much more for our students, I instituted a school wide weekly reading challenge. To complete a challenge students must read 30 minutes a day for 7 days. They are given prizes and public acknowledgement to encourage them to continue throughout the year.

I also run a program called Lunch Bunch. During lunch recess students come into the library to do makerspace projects or crafts, play games, or just read. This is to help them feel the library is a safe, very special place.

My Project

We are in desperate need of barcode scanners for our library in order to provide our students access to the books they so desperately need and want. Our last one is precariously hanging on by a bare wire. Scanners are on our 'absolutely necessary in order to function list, but there are no funds to buy them.

Please help us check out our books so that our students can check out the world!

If we have to checkout and check in books by typing in each barcode by hand, the process is so lengthy our students will not be able to have their valuable lesson time.

Thank you so much for helping us!

Mrs. Jo Ann Hallstrom
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
NADAMOO Wireless Barcode Scanner 328 Feet Transmission Distance USB Cordless 1D Laser Automatic Barcode Reader Handhold Bar Code Scanner with USB Receiver for Store, Supermarket, Warehouse • Amazon Business $34.99 3 $104.97
ASURION 4 Year Office Equipment Protection Plan with Tech Support $30-39.99 • Amazon Business $6.99 3 $20.97

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