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

Reading Rockstars Need a Rigorous Reading Lounge

My students need exciting, yet challenging novels, and comfortable bean bags that they can use for their reading leisure.

  • $771 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

In my classroom, I have told my students the story of the good wolf and the bad wolf. When they ask, "Which wolf wins Ms. C?", I answer, "The one you feed." My students have blossomed into wolves that are hungry for literature. Please help us feed the good wolf by enhancing their library.

Almost all of my students have been severely impacted by the detriment of Hurricane Katrina, they are an energetic bunch of resilient young people.

Our building is very old, three stories, with no elevator. At times, the air conditioning does not function well, so it can get very hot. Despite these minor challenges, they come here with a positive attitude, always ready to exhibit our values-team & family, constant learning, helping others, and focus on results. This creative group of young minds have started a competitive cross-country team, volleyball team, marching band, and a host of clubs including SGA, ceramics, skateboarding, and drama. They have accomplished these feats with just 150 students. One word: AMAZING

My Project

These resources will provide an array of on-level, inspiring books for my children to choose from. They constantly seek additional reading material, but are unable to attain themselves for a variety of uncontrollable environmental factors. Adding these books to our collection, and the bean-bags will cultivate an environment where they are not only comfortable taking literary journeys, but have a choice on the type of journey they would like to embark on. By building an in-class reading lounge, I can create more accountability for their outside reading logs, because I will be able to build in instructional time for them to dedicate to leisure reading. Additionally, this will build their vocabulary, exposure to different cultures and ideas, and assist them in developing an imperative skill of making text-text connections. The reading lounge will also allow students to become invested in their own literacy, which is directly associated with our big goal of 100% college acceptance!

This project is important for so many reasons.

Yes, it will broaden their choices; yes, it will expand their knowledge; yes, it will place an emphasis on developing a literate, well-rounded individual. But, most importantly, by funding this project, you are showing a group of children that someone out there cares, has hope, and believes in them. Being able to present my kids with this library is the best evidence of something they are not quite yet convinced of. SOMEONE believes in them.

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Ms. C.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison, Ralph Ellison (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $10.22 3 $30.66
Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny Hill Harper • Barnes and Noble $9.57 1 $9.57
Black Like Me John Howard Griffin, Robert Bonazzi (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $9.57 3 $28.71
Black Boy Richard Wright, Edward P. Jones • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
The Rose That Grew from Concrete Tupac Shakur, Foreword by Nikki Giovanni, Leila Steinberg (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $15.01 2 $30.02
Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps Bill Aguado, Richard Newirth, Foreword by Nikki Giovanni, Kevin Powell • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998 Nikki Giovanni, Virginia C. Fowler (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $12.98 1 $12.98
Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People Nikki Giovanni, George Ford (Illustrator), Foreword by Virginia Hamilton • Barnes and Noble $8.89 1 $8.89
Some Sing, Some Cry Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza • Barnes and Noble $18.45 1 $18.45
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the Rainbow Is Enuf: A Choreopoem Ntozake Shange • Barnes and Noble $8.50 2 $17.00
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee • Barnes and Noble $6.83 4 $27.32
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Afterword), Foreword by Edwidge Danticat • Barnes and Noble $10.25 5 $51.25
Great Expectations (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Charles Dickens, Radhika Jones (Illustrator), Radhika Jones (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $4.22 2 $8.44
Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Charlotte Bronte, George Stade (Editor), Susan Ostrov Weisser (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $4.22 1 $4.22
Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny Hill Harper, Foreword by Gabrielle Union • Barnes and Noble $10.26 5 $51.30
Animal Farm George Orwell, C. M. Woodhouse (Introduction), Preface by Russell Baker • Barnes and Noble $8.54 3 $25.62
Lord of the Flies William Golding, Noted by E. L. Epstein, Edmund L. Epstein • Barnes and Noble $8.54 2 $17.08
Burro Genius: A Memoir Victor Villasenor • Barnes and Noble $9.56 2 $19.12
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 4 $23.92
Odyssey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Homer, Robert Squillace (Editor), Robert Squillace (Illustrator), George Herbert Palmer (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 2 $10.16
CK30BU - Big Beanbag Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
CK30GR - Big Beanbag Seat - Green • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
CK30RD - Big Beanbag Seat - Red • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95

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