Discover how educators are raising money with Scholastic and working with their communities to help put books in their students' hands and hearts. These 50 teachers are engaging support from their friends and family and using these funds to set their students up for success with the books and resources they need to grow into avid, lifelong readers. Discover their heartwarming campaigns, below.
Supporting Remote Learning
1. Engaging Students to Read Remotely
This kindergarten teacher wants to keep her students engaged during remote learning and keep kids connected with story time. She is seeking $250 to get her students the books they might not have access to on their own so they can keep learning during this crucial time.
2. Balancing Emotions Through Books
Sheila is a preschool teacher with 17 students in an integrated classroom. She is raising funds through Scholastic to focus on social-emotional development and has built a campaign to get books into her students’ hands to combat anxiety and balance emotions during a time of uncertainty.
3. Igniting a Love of Books
Samantha is a second-grade urban district teacher who gifts her students a book of their choice on their birthdays and holidays. Her students get excited to pick their own books and hold them in their hands when they arrive! Samantha especially loves watching her students develop new interests and interacting with their classmates to recommend new reads. She is seeking $200 to send each of her students a book of their choosing while the remaining funds will be used towards leveled readers for her classroom library!
4. Finding the Right Fit
Angela wants to support her high school’s literacy initiative to ensure all of her students are supported to read at grade level. To drive this reading enrichment program, Angela is raising funds to increase the books choices available to her kids to read independently, at home. In order to foster fluency and comprehension, the core of this teacher’s goal is to find books that are a good fit for each student and get these books home to kids during this time.
5. Getting Quality Books Into Kids' Hands
Whether it's in the classroom or at home, this teacher is looking to raise $500 to provide her students with books that will help them fall in love with reading.
6. Providing Books for Every Student
Jenny is a teacher at a Title 1 school. Most of her students do not have the books they need to succeed, and Jenny has launched a campaign of $500 to give each and every student a book of their own.
Creating Classroom Libraries
7. Furthering Literacy Development
This preschool teacher wants to raise $400 so that she can provide her students with more reading resources to further their literacy development.
8. Inspiring Avid Readers
A kindergarten teacher who believes readers today will become leaders tomorrow, Kailani wants to provide her students with a new book for every month of the school year. She is raising funds to give her growing readers quality fiction and nonfiction titles, which she says will help them grow into lifelong readers.
9. Building Strong Foundations
Shelley is a first-grade teacher with a variety of readers in her classroom. She hopes to create a strong foundation of literacy by first building up her students’ love of reading. Shelley is seeking $100 to ensure each of her students are set up for success!
10. Igniting the Joy of Reading
Jennifer is raising money to give each of her first-grade students a new book every month. Her campaign will also help supply her classroom library with copies of these books for future students.
11. Opening Up New Worlds
This first-grade teacher is looking to raise $500 so that she can get the right level book in the hands of the right reader. She believes that reading opens up a whole new world for children.
12. Building Early Reader Skills
In Erica’s first- and second-grade classes, her students learn critical reading skills and strategies. In turn, they need a variety of books for independent reading time, reading with partners, and reading at home. Erica is raising money to grow her class library for her students, who love beginning chapter books and series.
13. Replenishing a Classroom Library
Karen is a second-grade teacher who spends her own money to provide students with books. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she gave many of her books away to students to keep them reading at home. Now, she’s raising funds to replenish her classroom library for her next class. She hopes these books will help to momentarily take kids away from their worries.
14. Turning Every Child Into a Reader
Every child is a reader if they have the right books! Elizabeth is raising $1,000 to refresh her classroom library with new books that her students will help her pick. She’ll also use the money to provide her students with books to take home.
15. Supplying Kids With Diverse Books
Angela is a teacher raising money to provide her early readers with picture books about various cultures. Her students come from a diverse urban area, and she wants them to make cultural connections by having access to books that represent their heritage. This campaign will help build her classroom library and provide students with worthwhile reading experiences.
16. Propelling Academic Futures
This third-grade teacher at a school in Texas is looking to raise $500 to grow her classroom library with a rich and diverse range of books that her students can take home. She believes that access to more books will help propel her students’ academic success.
17. Giving Kids High-Quality Books
Many of the children in Fern’s third-grade class at a high-needs school in Philadelphia do not have books at home. Fern is raising money to supply students with quality books for shared reading in class, which they could then take home to read as often as they’d like. She plans to buy books that excite her students and build their reading fluency and comprehension skills.
18. Building Background and Vocabulary Knowledge
Next year, this educator is transitioning from teaching third grade to reading specialist. She is looking to raise $250 so that she can provide her students with rich, diverse texts, to help build their background knowledge and vocabulary knowledge.
19. Creating a Love for Nonfiction
Mindy is a fourth-grade teacher who wants her students to develop a love for nonfiction books. While she notes that students find ways to connect with fictional characters, she also wants to see them experience a new world of exploration through learning about real people, places, and things. Mindy is raising money to build her collection of exciting nonfiction books that will engage students.
20. Benefiting Reluctant Readers
It's difficult to find the right books that catch the interest of reluctant readers and this fifth-grade teacher believes the right books create a world of wonder and keep kids engaged with reading. She is seeking $450 to fulfill her goals of helping her students appreciate reading.
21. Creating a Culturally Relevant Classroom
Jenna is a fifth-grade teacher whose top priority is creating a culturally relevant classroom for her students and exposing them to diverse communities and experiences that are relevant to their everyday lives. Jenna is seeking $500 to build a diverse classroom library that recognizes all of her students’ backgrounds and interests.
22. Adding Multicultural Books to the Classroom
It’s important for children to see themselves in the books they read, but the book selection available in a classroom library doesn't always offer that opportunity. That’s why this teacher's campaign is designed to help provide students with a variety of inclusive, multicultural books, and to help them grow into compassionate individuals who treat everyone with respect.
23. Helping Inspire a Love of Reading
This teacher wants to inspire a fondness for reading in her students and continue her three-year tradition of providing her students with a free monthly book throughout the school year. She’s seeking “book sponsors” to fulfill her $300 campaign and help her students learn to love reading!
Bringing Books Home
24. Introducing Early Learners to Picture Books
This kindergarten teacher is seeking $250 to ignite the imaginations of her students through picture books. These funds would enable her to provide each of her students with one book to take home and keep each month.
25. Helping Students Grow Into Avid Readers
Jenny is a kindergarten teacher in Charlotte County, Florida. Although her students learn to read at school, she knows that the real joy of reading is often found at home with their families. That’s why she is raising money to give her 20 students the opportunity to grow their home libraries with fiction and nonfiction reads. This campaign will help her inspire lifelong readers!
26. Providing the Gift of Books
The students in Denise’s first-grade class have very few reading resources in their remote area. She is raising money to give each of her students a book over extended breaks (like summer or winter break), so they continue to grow as readers even when they’re not in school. Denise considers first grade a magical time for reading development, and says it’s incredibly rewarding to watch students blossom into readers.
27. Building At-Home Libraries
Sending every student home with one fiction and two nonfiction books that they can keep is the goal of this first-grade teacher’s campaign, but the ultimate goal is to grow lifelong readers!
28. Experiencing the Joy of New Books
Tina is a second-grade teacher in Flint, Michigan who wants to get more books into the hands of her students who don’t otherwise have access to new books in their homes. Her goal is to get every student in her class one new book per month so they can experience the excitement and joy of receiving new books to fill their home libraries.
29. Giving End-of-the-Year Gifts
Scott is a second-grade teacher raising money to get a book into the hands of each of his students as a year-end gift. His goal is to see each of his students become fluent readers, and considers supplying them with books to read at home a stepping stone for that. If Scott raises more money than his goal of $100, he plans to buy even more books for his elementary students!
30. Encouraging Reading During Library Closures
Veronica is a fourth-grade teacher raising money to provide her students with two books to read at home. She has 24 students in her class, and while they usually have many books to choose from at school, they don’t have the same reading opportunities at home. Veronica says one of the biggest joys of teaching is seeing a student fall in love with a book, but first it’s necessary to get the right book in the hands of the right reader.
31. Inspiring Families to Read Together
Lori is a fourth-grade teacher who believes that children are taught to read at school but experience the ultimate joy of reading at home, with their families. Lori would like to expand her students’ home library and send a book home a month. She is raising $500 to grow lifelong reading and asking her community to help her reach her goal.
32. Keeping Kids Engaged With a Book a Month
This teacher is raising funds so that she can provide all of her students with a brand-new book each month to help them build a home library. Her hope is that these books will instill a love of reading and assist her students in growing their literacy skills.
33. Supplying English Language Learners With Books
Leah teaches seventh-grade English and English language learners (ELL) at her school, and some of her students don’t have regular access to books outside of the classroom. In fact, she says many of her ELL students have never had a book to call their own. This campaign will allow her to purchase a book for each student based on their interests and reading level.
34. Supporting Reading Traditions
This teacher is seeking $240 so that she can keep up her tradition of providing each of her students with a book to take home and keep every month. Her students love picking out their own books and get so excited when the Scholastic box arrives!
35. Starting a Virtual Book Club
As school buildings and libraries have closed, many students have been left without enough books to read at home. Meagan is a teacher raising money to deliver books to her students. She plans to host a virtual book club to help them stay connected socially and academically. While some of her students have access to digital reading apps, she says it’s not quite like having a physical book in their hands.
36. Bringing New Books Home
This teacher is looking to instill a lifelong love of reading in her students by providing each of them with a book to take home and keep every month throughout the year.
37. Giving Kids Monthly Books
During this time of distance learning, Dana is a teacher who wants to find a way to get books into her students’ homes. She is raising money to purchase a new book monthly for each student during the upcoming school year. Dana notes that now, more than ever, students need exposure to literature.
38. Developing Lifelong Readers
This educator wants to inspire her students to become lifelong readers by providing them with a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books that they can hold on to and add to their home library.
39. Seeking Sponsors to Support Young Readers
Fostering a love of reading is the most important thing in the world to this teacher! She’s looking to raise $500 so that she can provide all of her students with a book that they can take home and keep every month.
40. Bundling a Bag of Books
Alex is a teacher with many students who don’t have access to books right now, since libraries and schools are closed. This campaign will provide a bag of books to students who are in need of books to read at home during these unprecedented times.
41. Keeping Kids Reading
Like many other teachers, Holly has had to shift her classroom online the past few months. She sees the need for students to have more physical books in their hands while they’re not in school, which is why she’s raising money to provide a variety of books for students to have at home. Her goal is to help children grow their love of reading, even when they’re apart!
42. Sending Books Home Every Night
Shannyn is a first-grade teacher with a love of teaching young readers. Many of her students don’t have access to reading materials at home so Shannyn sends books home to them every night to read with their families and loved ones — whether that be a parent, grand parent, family pet, or stuffed animal! Shannyn is looking to acquire leveled books so her students have new materials to read each night.
43. Inspiring Families to Read Aloud
Many of Ashley’s students don’t have access to books at home, and she’s anticipating having 16 new students in the next school year. She is raising $160 to send each child home with a new book each month, in an effort to inspire their families to read to them daily.
44. Giving Kids Five Books Each
Suzie teaches third grade and wants each of her students to have five books to grow their library at home. She is raising $220 to help create an enriching reading environment for them outside of school.
45. Building Superpowers Through Books
Jennifer is a teacher who believes that reading is a superpower because it sharpens problem-solving skills. She is raising $230 to send each of her students home with a book each month.
46. Sharpening Reading Skills
Now more than ever, kids need books at home. Third-grade teacher Ashleigh knows that strong reading skills lead to success in school and in life, and she is raising $700 to help build her students’ home libraries. She wants to be able to handpick a book that fits each student’s interests and reading levels.
47. Help Kids Get Their Own Books
Marcie is a teacher who notes that not all of her students can buy books during class book orders. She is raising $300 to supply each child with a new book every month.
Keeping Kids Engaged Over Summer Break
48. Tackling the Summer Slide
Keeping students reading through the summer slide is more important than ever, and this teacher wants to make sure not a minute is missed in keeping her kids reading. She is seeking $100 to supply her students with the books they need to reach their reading goals over the summer break and beyond.
49. Closing Out the School Year Right
Susan is a substitute teacher in her second long-term position teaching first grade. As a substitute teacher, Susan doesn’t have a budget to spend on her students but wants to gift her kids the Second Grade, Here I Come book to provide closure to this unprecedented year and get her students excited about the next school year. Susan is raising $77 to get each of her 22 students a copy to read over the summer.
50. Keeping Kids Reading Through Summer
This Title 1 school teacher wants to ensure that every one of her students has books to inspire them over the summer — no matter what their situation is. She is seeking funds to choose the right level for every reader and plans to drop off the books her kids need to fill their lives with literature at home and while they are out of the classroom.
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