Room 309's Bookshelves

Organized by: Kathryn Ella

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THE STORY:

Hi everyone!

My name is Kathryn Anderson. I'm a special education teacher at a public school in a low-income, urban school district. My school is based on an inclusion model, which means that students with and without disabilities are included in the same classroom. Everyone has the opportunity to access grade level curriculum, intervention skills (background skills that some students need more time to learn), and develop social and emotional skills vital to being a happy, successful human being.

My school has a very high turnover rate; last year nearly 50% of our teaching staff left at the end of the year. Most classroom libraries are built from years of teachers buying, "borrowing", bargain-hunting and begging for books. We search Salvation Army, library sales, yard sales, sidewalks, bookstores, Amazon and everywhere else for books for our students. Unfortunately, there are no returning teachers at the 7th grade level this year. As an 8th grade teacher last year, my students used my magnificent co-teacher's library; she and her books moved to California this summer. As a result, there are no books in our two ELA classrooms outside of the mandated state ELA textbooks. These textbooks are far beyond the reading level of many of my students, can't be taken home, and contain no complete books. Children need to be surrounded by a culture of literacy and BOOKS to grow as readers and people. They need books that will capture their imagination, books at their reading level, books about real people and books about worlds they had never before imagined. Right now my students are missing this fundamental opportunity.

There are approximately 175 students enrolled in the 7th grade at my school, and their reading levels range from 3rd grade to 9th grade. Their interests span continents. I want to give them a library that reflects this, that has the depth necessary to interest a reluctant reader, satisfy a voracious one, inform the curious and entertain and educate them all. I want to give them the library they deserve. With your help, we can. I'm hoping to purchase at least 100 books, as the foundation of a classroom library that will hopefully grow to match and then exceed the number of students in the 7th grade. With each book, students gain access to increased vocabulary, comprehension, and sheer love of learning.

Thank you, so much, from my students and from every inch of my heart.

Ms. A

$115

 

15% Raised of$750 Goal

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Proud supporter

    $50

  • Jessica Woll

    $15

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Donor Comments

Jessica Woll

Jessica Woll

DONATION: $15

Go girl go! 5 years ago

Proud supporter

Proud supporter

DONATION: $50

In memory of Esther Behling Zadeik who cultivated Kathryn's love of books 5 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

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