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DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization that provides an easy way for everyday people to make a difference in public schools. Teachers across the U.S. share their ideas for classroom projects on the DonorsChoose.org website. Then, citizen philanthropists like you choose which ones to fund, and hear back from the classrooms.

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Letters From The Teachers

Building a Lifelong Love of Reading!

September 6, 2012

Dear Cash4Books.net,


I am so grateful for your donations to my project. It's wonderful to see that so many people share my vision for what reading should be to my students, and are just as excited as I am about helping them find that perfect first book!
I can't wait to share these new books with my students! I have students who are just waiting for the springboard into reading that the Hunger Games series, or The Boy Who Saved Baseball will provide for them. The excitement that this infusion of new books will generate will really help in getting us on track to meet our reading goal for this year, that every student will read 40 books this year.
Thank you again for helping to show my kids that they are supported by a community of avid readers just like them!

With gratitude,
Ms. B.

Expand Our Minds

November 23, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I am humbled by your collective generosity. The possibilities that you have provided for my students are truly exciting! If it were not for your help, these students could have potentially gone their whole lives without the opportunity to produce music with instrument, make recycled paper, or create pottery. These enhancing activities will easily be integrated into every educational curricular area. I know that they will enjoy taking a break from ongoing rote assessments to be creative. Thank you for giving my current and future students additional tools that they can use to be successful in their lives!

With gratitude,
Ms. M.

Help Bronx Students Continue Book Clubs!

July 11, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for your generosity. Every year I try so hard to get my students to love reading. Budget cut backs have made it impossible for my school to order new books. Students need lots of books to develop a real passion for reading.

These particular books are going to be used for book clubs. Book clubs are great because it gives students a chance to really talk about the choices that a character makes and all the issues in the book.

Thank you for helping me to get my students reading!!!

With gratitude,
Ms. S.

We Pray For Books

July 1, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I just told my students about your generous contributions, and they were amazed. They began discussing which books they wanted to read. Thanks to your donations my students are excited about books. These students will gain so much by reading these books. They may learn to love reading because of your generous contribution!

These books will be used by so many students in my classroom for years to come. You don't know how much this means to us. I cannot express how thankful I am. This means more than you will ever know!

With gratitude,
Mrs. H.

Second Grade Readers

July 1, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for funding these books for my second graders! I think they will be just perfect for them. Before this year, I taught kindergarten, so most of the books I have are picture books but many of my second graders will be ready to read chapter books so now I will have a nice selection of chapter books for them to choose from.

My classroom budget is pretty tight and it is hard for me to get everything I want for my students but thanks to donors like you, my students will get some valuable resources that we'll be able to use for many years!

Thanks again! We appreciate your support!

With gratitude,
Mrs. F.

In Need of Science and Social Studies Materials!

July 1, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for your generous donations! These science and social studies materials will really enhance the learning that'll take place next year in my classroom! The geography books will help my students to get to know our world better when we do our Flat Stanley project and send our own flat students around the world. They'll also help us locate places on our world map when we're read about new places in books. The animal and matter books will make science even more fun! My students love animals and learning more about them.

Thanks again for your help in making my classroom a great learning environment.

With gratitude,
Ms. B.

Lights! Camera! Literacy!

July 1, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you donors for funding this project. It means so much to me to have your support in teaching literacy through the arts. We will be gaining about 100 new students this year so your dollars will reach even more children than expected. These books will help teach students basic drama techniques, literacy skills and calm their fears about performing in front of others. In an era where teachers are feeling pressure to "teach to the test", it speaks strongly that so many people are willing to support our goal to "teach to the student". Thank you for believing in public education!

With gratitude,
Ms. U.

From Rookies to Experts! Reading With Rookie Readers

July 1, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I am so excited to see that our classroom proposal to get more books has been funded! Your donation will provide quality nonfiction books that students can read in small, guided reading groups. The titles I have chosen will help students learn about the world around them in language appropriate for a young child. These books will not only be used by the students in my classroom, but will be shared with other primary teachers who have students reading at this level. Thank you so much for your donations!

With gratitude,
Mrs. S.

Fall For Reading!

June 25, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I can't fully express my joy, excitement, and thanks for your donation to my project. It is great to see that you share my vision for reaching children. Reading today has become a lost art, and I hope to bring this love of books back to the children that I teach.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! With your generous gifts, my students will be able to enjoy some of their favorite stories again and again. I truly believe that it takes entire communities to raise our children. We are all in this together.

With gratitude,
Mrs. R.

Graphic Novels Work! We Need More!

June 25, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you all so much for contributing to this project! Last year, I had a similar project posted where my students got to explore graphic novels for the first time. They were so into them and would spend their morning breakfast time either reading them or talking to one another about the books. These additional resources that you have secured for my students are going to help get every single student reading and talking about books. I am so excited for the school year now!

With gratitude,
Ms. Z.

Enhancing Literacy In Las Vegas

June 25, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for your donations! I really appreciate it and so will be kids. When I saw that the project was funding today I got so excited! It has been so hard to get out enough books from the library or to borrow books from others, this project will make my life so much easier!

Most importantly, this project will also help my kids meet their reading goals! These books are among their favorite and now they can enjoy them all year! Your contributions are changing lives for the better!

With gratitude,
Ms. T.

I Spy a Book

June 25, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I am so excited to have this new resource in my room for the coming school year and all those that follow! Thank you so much for your generosity in helping to improve the environment that I am able to provide for my students as they move forward in their journey toward becoming lifelong readers.

I was just rereading a book for a workshop I am taking this summer, and the author included a section on the advantages of displaying books where the front cover is forward. That is exactly what this new bookshelf will do! It will also provide a place for other books to be easily accessible to students. It will be a great improvement in making the library center an inviting area of the classroom.

I am so impressed with people and organizations who step up and do something to support public schools (especially those with very limited resources) as we strive to provide an excellent education for our students.

With gratitude,
Mrs. P.

Books, Books, We Love Books!!!

June 25, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for your generous donation to our classroom! I can't wait to get the many picture books that will help spark my students interest in reading and exploring new authors. My students will be thrilled to have these books in the classroom that they can use anytime for enjoyment and to take home and share with their families! Your gift will make a real difference to my students. Thank you again for your generosity!

With gratitude,
Mrs. C.

Calling All Important People

February 18, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

This is fantastic! Thank you so much for your donation to our Very Important Person project.

My students love talking about themselves and being important. Being able to connect learning with students' names will be powerful. Therefore, your donation of the gold seals, markers, and unifix cubes will enhance our learning and turn it into a fun game that we can play everyday! Each student will be able to have their own unifix cubes to use, too!

Again, thank you so much for your generosity. My students will be thrilled with our new project. Let the learning begin!

With gratitude,
Mrs. J.

Wegner's Puzzle

February 18, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I am so excited to let my students get up to their elbows in plate tectonics! These hands-on manipulatives will make it so much easier for them to understand how the Earth's crustal plates fit together. They will be doing science in much the same way a seismologist would. My students will be using evidence to support their theories.

Your generous gift to my classroom will allow my students to spend more time in the science lab and less time in their seats! Coming from a background of poverty, my students don't have access to a lot of experiences that they can build their learning onto so lab is essential to helping them learn to think like a scientist.

With gratitude,
Mrs. F.

Oregon Literature

February 3, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for making it possible to give students the ability to have rich literature of Oregon history in front of them. So many of my students come to school with English as a Second Language leaving them with a limited vocabulary. The colorful pictures help to bring the history to life.

Often, when reading the curriculum books students do not have experiences to grab from to paint a picture in their mind. 4th grade literature, is not as picture heavy as the primary grades. Therefore, the books that you have helped to provide for my classroom have a lot of pictures so the students will be able to access the information.

Oregon history is an exciting subject for me to teach. I look forward to being able to use recent and colorful literature to help my students access the information. Thanks so much for finding my project to be worthwhile.

With gratitude,
Ms. C.

Building A BIGGER Book Nook

January 13, 2010

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I send a heartfelt thank you to all of you who envision all children having access to great books for reading. It will be a great day when the books arrive and my students can dive into new titles and genres for their reading pleasure.

Research shows that a love of reading is formed when kids have access to books on a consistent basis. You have provided that opportunity for my students and we so appreciate you for that! Thank you for supporting public education and our future!

With gratitude,
Mrs. W.

An Interactive Literacy Center for Small Group Instruction

December 15, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

My students and I want to thank you for the Inspiration Station literacy center we were able to purchase because of your kind donation. We have been enjoying it every single day!

The kindergarten and first grade students play a game in which they sort words in the pocket chart. Kindergarteners sort words that match beginning sounds to help them learn letters and sounds. The first graders got too good at that game. Now they can sort pictures and words by first sound, last sound, and rhymes.

The students especially love to use the giant dry erase board on our literacy center. Sometimes we play a game like Pictionary so we get to draw. We give clues like, "I'm drawing something that starts with B." It is our favorite game!

I really appreciate all of the storage in our literacy center. There are nice tubs that separate materials for different reading groups. There is also a huge tub in the front. Students know that this tub is for them, and they can easily access all the reading games during free choice.

My students and I are truly delighted with the literacy center. Reading groups would not be the same without it. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us purchase this invaluable tool for our classroom!

With gratitude,
Ms. G.

We Read, We Enjoy, We Learn!

December 7, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so very much for the Weekly Reader subscription! My students look forward to the last period of the day every Wednesday. That is the time we have set aside for partner reading our newspaper of the week. As my students are reading at a variety of grade levels it is challenging to find interesting materials that they can all enjoy. These periodicals fit the bill!

It is with great pleasure that I see beginning readers and higher leveled readers sharing the papers and discussing topics that not only of interest, but also are current events. The discussions during this time is amazing! My students who speak little English are able to navigate the Grade 3 editions while more fluent readers are enjoying the same topics but in more depth in the Senior editions.

Without your help I would not have been able to provide this rich reading and thinking activity! Thank you SO VERY much!

With gratitude,
Ms. S.

Books for Book Clubs

December 6, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for your generous donation! My students will now have a wider variety of book choices for their literature circle time in class. Having sets of books to help them learn how to share their reading and ideas will be great for the development of cooperative learning.

By helping our school district so much this year, you have truly made a difference that will last beyond this year and touch the lives of many students to come. You can't begin to understand how grateful my students and I are... thank you again!

With gratitude,
Ms. Y.

Support Your (Somewhat) Local (Classroom) Library

November 19, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I want to sincerely thank both of you for the generous donations you made to my classroom and my students. We are in the midst of a very lean time in terms of our district's budget and without your help, I would never have been able to expose my students to such a new book, let alone enough copies for them to study the books together in groups.

Already, I have started hearing a buzz around my classroom about these books as they have started reading them.

"How many pages should our groups read this week," they ask each other as they flip through the chapters. It has been inspiring and encouraging for me to see my students come alive with excitement as they read, discuss, and explore these books.

Again, thank you for you help and support. It is a powerful encouragement for me and my students.

With gratitude,
Mr. J.

Literacy for Middle Schoolers!

November 10, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

Thank you so much for your generous donations to our classroom. We now have wonderful books for our literature circles, and my students are engaged in reading and learning! I wish you could see for yourself the difference it makes for students when they can personally connect to a book. They become willing to read, often eager to read, and they engage in the learning that takes place in the classroom.

Your generous gift has meant a lot to my students and certainly to me. The addition of new and interesting books for students to read and discuss with each other has dramatically improved our literature circles, and the students are genuinely engaged and appreciative of the newer and more relevant titles. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. You are personally helping students to foster a love of reading and learning!

With gratitude,
Mrs. G.

Text Books for Advanced Placement College Chemistry Course

October 11, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I cannot begin to thank you enough for helping create opportunities for our students!

Like most other schools around the nation, we are really hurting for funds this year and have had to cancel all text book orders. Your generous donation helps ensure that more of our needy students will be able to take College Now Chemistry. (Completion of the course results in 15 hours of 200-level college credit for free!)

This opportunity is particularly important for the population of students attending our school. Our student body is ethnically diverse and our school serves a high poverty area. We have many intelligent and gifted students who see education as the ticket to fulfilling their dreams. Garnering the resources for college tuition is difficult for many of the families served by our school. Your gift of text books for this academically challenging course allows talented students to save money on college tuition and make their dream of higher education a more realistic possibility.

Your generosity is helping open doors for students who otherwise might find it difficult to fulfill their potential.

With gratitude,
Mr. T.

Help Make Reading Come Alive!!!

October 7, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

We started using our new books on CD this week. My students struggle with reading fluency and these books on CD are definitely going to help increase their fluency speed. The kids are so excite to use them. I had some parents donate CD players (similar to Walkmans) for the kids to use during silent reading time. The kids have a waiting list of who gets to read what book next.

The books and CD's came in an organized case that is very user friendly. The kids reading a particular book simply use a post it to mark their book set and when they are finished with their work or when we have silent reading time they just grab their book, CD, and CD player and they are ready to go!

I have already had one child say, "This is what I really needed to help me become a better reader." Thank you so much for your generous donation and for caring about my students!!

With gratitude,
Mrs. S.

Exuberant, Exceptional, Explication of Texts

October 6, 2009

Dear Cash4Books.net,

I can't even begin to thank you for funding my classroom idea. My students will be THRILLED that someone thought enough of them to provide them with such amazing texts for their educations. I am so thankful!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

I can't wait for you to see the pictures of my students interacting with the texts and read their appreciation for the kindness you have shown them!!

My colleagues are also encouraged that the community at large actually cares about the education of our students, and in a time of discouragement, this ultra-generous donation of amazing texts is exciting and awe-inspiring.

You truly have made a difference in an exponential number of lives.
THANK YOU!!!!

With gratitude,
Ms. M.

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