You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Mrs. Smith's Firsties from Detroit MI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Yay! I Have My Keys to Reading!

Help me give my students a chance to unlock the world of reading through daily literacy stations.

  • $563 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times.” - Unknown

Many of my scholars are from low-income families, each child bring their own academic abilities into the classroom.

My first grade classroom, it’s a place where they are loved, a place where they can escape some of the baggage they face before coming to school. It’s a place where they are safe and comfortable… It's what I call " a home away from home.”

When I look at my scholars I see sixteen six and seven year olds who are full of excitement, curiosity, and willingness to learn. They love learning anything I put before them regardless of the level of difficulty. As a teacher, my job is to ignite their love of reading and provide them an environment where all of these qualities can be fulfilled. Our school is located in a high poverty area 100% of our scholars qualify for free and reduced -priced lunches.

My Project

No matter of their personal discourse and challenges, I’m dedicated to promote a loving and caring environment; with high academic expectations for all my scholars while providing a supportive systems to assure that those expectations are met for every scholar in my classroom.

These games will help my students with Phonological awareness, blending, sounding out letters, decoding and segmenting sounds.

During my ELA block and after our whole group instruction my scholars break off into literacy stations. My literacy stations focus on scholars needing an extension in a skill and scholars with unfinished learning (individual learning plan). We call this time PLT (power learning time) Skills blocks (where scholars focus on their micro-phase or individual targeted skills).

Currently, my centers consist of various activities I purchased from teacherpayteachers and other materiaIs that I have created which becomes very costly because they are expensive. I believe that because these skills are foundational, it is crucial to engage the scholars through hands-on learning.

These literacy materials will help differentiated the reading standard that was taught during our whole group instruction. Thus using these literacy materials, my scholars will grow and move on to their next micro-phase skill and as a overall end goal of each scholar reading on his or her own grade level. In addition, these materials will allow my lessons to be more effective .

Sounds like a lot and it is … But it takes all those strategies for a child to become a proficient reader. Funding this project will greatly impact every scholar in my classroom. Please consider helping me in this endeavor to support my scholars growth through this project!!

Mrs. Smith's Firsties
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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.

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Smith's Firsties is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
EE417 - Word Family Flip Books • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
GG473 - Touch & Read Blends & Digraphs Sentence Match • Lakeshore Learning Materials $32.99 1 $32.99
GG471 - Touch & Read CVC Words Sentence Match • Lakeshore Learning Materials $32.99 1 $32.99
BD530 - Power Pen!® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 3 $32.97
FF459 - Magnetic Blends Word Building Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LL436 - Beginning Sounds Magnetic Sorting Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
TT194 - I Can Build Simple Words • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
GG369 - Touch & Read CVC Words Match • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LC124 - Simple Words Learning Locks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LC341 - Sight-Word Magnets- Level1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
FF428 - Build-A-Word! Magnet Board - 4-Letter Words • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
JJ157 - What’s the Rhyme? Sorting Houses • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LC113 - Letter Crayons Word Building Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
BD546 - Blends & Digraphs Power Pen!® Quiz Cards • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


4 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


match offer


Match offer toward project cost


Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Detroit","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[4851565],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"MI","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":1,"name":"Early Education"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":4551735,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":16,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Smith's Firsties","authorIds":{"4851565":{"owner":"Mrs. Smith's Firsties","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[4551735],"proposalHash":"-139994992","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":",1080,x0,y7&width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1571174142207","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21016495,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":4851565,"schoolCounty":"Wayne","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"MI","name":"Michigan"}}