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Ms. Saunders from N Charleston SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Who Doesn't Love A Good Dog Story?

My students need the best dog stories available in order to better learn empathy in times of sorrow.

  • $583 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is a Title One school with seventy-five percent minority, a growing ESL population and ninety percent qualifying for free or reduced price lunch.

Our students come from predominantly single parent homes where survival and not literacy, is paramount.

We have a dedicated, highly professional faculty, yet "extra" materials that enhance curriculum are not a priority. Most teachers write grants and/or spend their own funds in order to facilitate the basic needs of our children.

Our children need to be exposed to brilliant authors who deal with issues such as intolerance, empathy in times of sorrow and human differences. Current literacy research states, "...using authentic texts and giving children choices are powerful and necessary conditions in the development of thinking, learning, and autonomy." We have super, awesome students at our school who deserve only the best!

My Project

My fifth through seventh grade reading intervention classes are comprised of students who are struggling readers (reading below third to fourth grade levels). My inner city children deal with horrific issues on a daily basis. What’s better than a universally, touching, inspirational dog story? Who can resist the tugging of heartstrings in "Love That Dog" (narrative poem) or the classic "Stone Fox" (historical fiction)? Who can resist the humor and irony in "No More Dead Dogs?

The novels provide authentic examples of children their ages who deal with “real life” atrocities outside of school; so what is a better ideal source of comfort and solace than dog stories!

The stories enable us to connect literacy and personal experiences in a realistic manner that will support positive change in our lives.

After completing each novel, the students will create an art project that displays their understandings and interpretations of the novel. "Tech-to-Stretch" is one project where the children represent their comprehension via an iMovie or Keynote. Another project,"Sketch-to-Stretch" empowers kids to represent their thinking with colors, shapes and symbols. Literacy research has shown that when we "recast" our thinking in another media, we greatly enhance our critical skills.

Ms. Saunders
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 80 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Love That Dog • Amazon Business $6.52 25 $163.00
No More Dead Dogs (repackage) • Amazon Business $5.69 25 $142.25
Stone Fox • Amazon Business $4.93 25 $123.25

Materials cost

$428.50

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$30.21

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.43

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$495.14

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.38

Total project goal

$582.52

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$582.52

2 Donors

-$582.52

Donations toward project cost

-$495.14

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$87.38

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$0.00

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