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Mrs. Thadal, NBCT from Roosevelt NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

When You Read, You're In The Lead 1

My students need 8 collections of lower level books and book pockets for a check out system.

  • $397 goal

This project expired on January 20, 2012.

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My Students

The look in the child's eyes, after they have read and understood a section of a book on their own, is priceless. It's like winning a prize; it's like being in the lead...

I teach in a poor district of Long Island, where parents work three jobs to make ends meet and keep their house, where the children live in foster homes and shelters... where the children are left to educate themselves.

In that neighborhood life is difficult, but the children want to do well. My fourth grades try their best everyday, but reading is the hardest subject for them. If reading is hard imagine how they feel about the other subjects that require reading to learn. Like anything in life, to get better at reading one must "practice." Many of the homes lack reading books, and the public library has a very poor collection available to students whose parents cannot find the time to take them.

My Project

Even though a 4th grader is expected to read on grade level, most of my students don't. Many are reading two grade levels below. By providing the children with books on their independent level in the classroom, and by assigning nightly reading as they take these books home, I am striving to help the children become strong and independent readers and eventually independent thinkers. Starting them on lower level books and building their skills and confidence, will help them grow and build a reading life for themselves as they bridge their reading gap. The books I have selected are of high reading interest and all time children favorites. Keeping them organized with labels, library pockets and cards for check out system, and placed in leveled bins will help reduce the frustration when finding a book and keep the interest high. Also, organizing the books empowers the readers as they browse through bins that they are confident include books that they CAN read.

The children are counting on people like you who are reading this proposal to find it in your heart to help them become as good a reader as you are.

Remember without reading, our children don't stand a chance in our society. Please, help me bring these books to the children's homes every night.

Mrs. Thadal, NBCT
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AA843 - Level J Extra Book Set - Gr. 2 - Library 1 • Lakeshore Learning $19.00 1 $19.00
AA317 - Level J Book Bin - Gr. 2 - Library 1 • Lakeshore Learning $27.95 1 $27.95
AA842 - Level I Extra Book Set - Gr. 1-2 - Library 1 • Lakeshore Learning $27.00 1 $27.00
AA316 - Level I Book Bin - Gr. 1-2 - Library 1 • Lakeshore Learning $35.95 1 $35.95
TT941 - Level J Extra Book Set - Gr. 2 - Library 2 • Lakeshore Learning $21.00 1 $21.00
TT171 - Level J Book Bin - Gr. 2 - Library 2 • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
TT919 - Level I Extra Book Set - Gr. 1-2 - Library 2 • Lakeshore Learning $34.00 1 $34.00
TT169 - Level I Book Bin - Gr. 1-2 - Library 2 • Lakeshore Learning $42.95 1 $42.95
AS214 - Self-Adhesive Library Pockets • Lakeshore Learning $59.95 1 $59.95

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