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Mr. Orrick from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

College-Bound First-Graders Need Books On Their Level!

My students need on-level books at home that they can read independently to extend their love for reading beyond the school day.

  • $875 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

In the heart of Louisiana's urban rebuild, a first-year college-preparatory charter school is taking over one of the nation's lowest performing schools, but first things’ first: my first graders need quality books on their shelves at home!!!

My 21 First Graders enter the classroom each morning still forming their beliefs about what is and what is not possible with their life. Despite the boarded up, spray painted home that they pass on the way to school through one of the harshest urban communities in Louisiana, my students enter my classroom each day with an unparalleled enthusiasm for life, learning, and with a new-found belief that they can and will go to college. This belief is the result of a transformation that is occurring at their school. Two weeks ago we opened the doors to a brand new Pre-K – 2nd grade charter school in the heart of their neighborhood. Historically, this school has been one of the lowest performing schools in the state of Louisiana: we are dedicated to changing that by preparing every student to be successful in high school, college, and the world beyond.

To do so, my request is simple: MY STUDENTS NEED BOOKS AT HOME! Most of my students only have a few books; many of them have none. Last year, in my first year teaching, I made a commitment to visit each of my students’ homes to meet with their parents. During these visits, I set them up with the best possible at-home literacy resources that I had at the time to ensure that they were successful, excited readers for life. Last year, this included books that I printed, folded, and stapled over evenings and weekends. On top of the hours I lost in preparing these resources that could be put toward preparing lessons, my students’ excitement for these black and white books did not match that of the published, colorful books that I am requesting.

This year I will be hitting the pavement again and, with your support, I will be equipped with books that provide my students with the quality literature that I took for granted growing up, and that my students need and deserve on their path to college!

Mr. Orrick
Grades PreK-2
  • Dr Charles R Drew Elementary School
  • New Orleans, LA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Guided Reading School Pack 1 Levels A-D, 6 each of 36 titles • School Specialty Inc. $613.32 1 $613.32

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