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  • Knight High School
  • Palmdale, CA
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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I am a first-year English teacher working in a Title I school. While I absolutely adore my students, I am lacking extremely important resources for my classroom that are essential to their learning. My goal is to INSPIRE them through igniting a love of literature; however, my school library doesn't keep class sets of books that will assist in that goal. Many of them are old, ripped up, or not relevant to their lives. My goal is to provide each of my students with a copy of The Hobbit, so that they can experience the magnificence of quality literature. Students need to be inspired to love literature in a world full of easy entertainment and technology. What better way to inspire my students, than through the literary world of J. R. R. Tolkien? Tolkien created a world people loved so much they cared when it was threatened, they cried when it's characters died, and they leapt for joy when the journey finally came to an end. Please help me give my students the opportunity to love the English language and regain a love for reading.

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I am a first-year English teacher working in a Title I school. While I absolutely adore my students, I am lacking extremely important resources for my classroom that are essential to their learning. My goal is to INSPIRE them through igniting a love of literature; however, my school library doesn't keep class sets of books that will assist in that goal. Many of them are old, ripped up, or not relevant to their lives. My goal is to provide each of my students with a copy of The Hobbit, so that they can experience the magnificence of quality literature. Students need to be inspired to love literature in a world full of easy entertainment and technology. What better way to inspire my students, than through the literary world of J. R. R. Tolkien? Tolkien created a world people loved so much they cared when it was threatened, they cried when it's characters died, and they leapt for joy when the journey finally came to an end. Please help me give my students the opportunity to love the English language and regain a love for reading.

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