Hopatcong Teacher Finds Creative Way to Fund Books

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Michelle Tumminelli, third grade teacher at Tulsa Trail Elementary School, wants all of her students reading.  And not only that, she wants all of her students to have new books to have at home to keep them reading. 

Every month she sends home the Scholastic Book order forms, but not everyone orders due to different reasons. 

This summer she decided to do something about that.  So she took to her own social media accounts and hit up her family and friends to sponsor her students.  For only $9, her friends and family members could sponsor a student in her class for the ENTIRE YEAR. 

That $9 could get a student in her class a brand new book from Scholastic to take home and keep every single month this year.  Scholastic offers dollar books every month.  Mrs. Tumminelli will use the funds to order each student one of these books at the beginning of each month from September until May, which they will get to take home and keep, so they will have brand new materials to keep them interested and engaged in reading. 

Once Mrs. Tumminelli posted her request on her social media account, she had her entire class sponsored in less than 24 hours through the generosity of her friends and family.  Some people even sponsored two or three students! 

Pictured above are her students on the first day of school with their brand new books! They received wonderful titles such as The Lemonade Wars, The Chocolate Touch, Stink - Hamlet and Cheese, and School Days According to Humphrey. The class can't wait to receive their next books in October!  

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