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Mr. Velazquez from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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The cost of two book display stands from Highsmith Inc. is $413, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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Currently, our classroom library consists of numerous books sitting in plastic bins. The books at the front of the bins get maximum exposure. They're practically celebrities. The same is true for the books I read aloud to my students. These are the most popular, and often, the most highly sought after books. But what about all those books in the back of the plastic bins? What about the many books that won't have the opportunity to become a read aloud? They're left there, with a story to tell, but no one to read it. Patient readers will search and dig, looking at books carefully for their favorite author. They'll read the back of a book and see if the book is of interest. My 5th grade students are trying to become those patient and avid readers, with favorite authors and genres. But right now, they need that extra help. They need me to sell them a book. They need me to convince them that a particular book is a must read. Classroom book stands that allow books to lie flat with the cover showing is just the solution. The most unusual things can catch a student's attention-a picture of an iguana or a girl hanging upside down from a tree. Book spines aren't exactly thrilling. My duty of selling books would be greatly enhanced by these pieces of classroom furniture. Students might see a book that looks interesting, pick it up, and read the book description on the sleeve or back. It might be a book they would have never looked at otherwise. And now it is their favorite book! I try to read different authors and genres to my students. I try to organize my books by interest, genres, and authors to catch their attention. But for all my efforts, there are still those students who I just can't reach. A more student-friendly display system for our books will really help in advertising the different books available. By rotating the books on display, I'll maximize book exposure, and make reading and books a dominant part of each student's life. My fifth grade students from Claremont Academy, a public school on Chicago's southside, would be well on their way to becoming life-long readers with your generosity and help.

Mr. Velazquez
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
Double-sided Book Display • Highsmith Inc. $167.20 1 $167.20
Book Display Stand, 30x36x11in. • Highsmith Inc. $117.04 1 $117.04

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