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  • Thomas Jefferson Junior High School
  • Woodridge, IL
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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As an ELA teacher, I find nothing more rewarding than when a student rushes up to me and says, "I finished this book! I LOVED it! Can you recommend another one?" When students connect with literature, incredible things happen. Yes, students who are readers often experience higher test scores and greater academic successes. Equally important, though, is the fact that reading instills in students a sense of wonder and an ability to empathize with others. Through reading, students learn to question the world around them; they learn to consider other perspectives. These skills and abilities are invaluable... and books make them possible. I want nothing more than to provide my students with books that will allow them to learn about themselves and others. The vast number of quality young adult titles is overwhelming, and figuring out how to get these books in my kids' hands is even more daunting. I have added about fifty books to my library this year alone, using my own funds. While I know that this is only my third year of teaching and that my library will grow with time, I have amazing students who are hungry to read great literature now. They can't wait for my library to grow as the years go by. Please help me place the right books in students' hands. Help me open their eyes to literature that reflects the diverse, complicated world in which we live. I assure you it will make an incredible difference.

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As an ELA teacher, I find nothing more rewarding than when a student rushes up to me and says, "I finished this book! I LOVED it! Can you recommend another one?" When students connect with literature, incredible things happen. Yes, students who are readers often experience higher test scores and greater academic successes. Equally important, though, is the fact that reading instills in students a sense of wonder and an ability to empathize with others. Through reading, students learn to question the world around them; they learn to consider other perspectives. These skills and abilities are invaluable... and books make them possible. I want nothing more than to provide my students with books that will allow them to learn about themselves and others. The vast number of quality young adult titles is overwhelming, and figuring out how to get these books in my kids' hands is even more daunting. I have added about fifty books to my library this year alone, using my own funds. While I know that this is only my third year of teaching and that my library will grow with time, I have amazing students who are hungry to read great literature now. They can't wait for my library to grow as the years go by. Please help me place the right books in students' hands. Help me open their eyes to literature that reflects the diverse, complicated world in which we live. I assure you it will make an incredible difference.

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