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Mr. Greenberg from Pine Bluff AR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

100 Books in 190 Days. Can We Do It?

My students need culturally responsive books which are written for high school students who read at a middle or elementary school reading level.

  • $933 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember the feeling of peeling up the board-stiff front cover of a brand new book and finding that an adventure awaits you? My scholars rarely have this opportunity at their school library where all books are in boxes and rendered inaccessible. They receive the message "you are not good enough for a new, bound book" each and every time they pick up a faded 1970s book --- or worse, a printed off, stapled book. They are voracious readers, despite having, on average, a 5th-grade reading level in the 10th grade.

When the final bell of the school year rang, I was bombarded with scholars asking to take books home for the summer because the library was useless.

Many scholars have read through the books available to them and crave more. Over the year, I saw students trying to sneak books out of the classroom library or beg for me to photocopy a book for them to read at home. When given a relatable, high-interest book, there is nothing that can get their head out of the binding. Right now, there is only one missing ingredient to increasing literacy levels: enough books.

My Project

My average tenth-grade scholar currently reads at a fifth-grade level --- at this rate, they are at risk of graduating nearly illiterate. Educational research demonstrates that the amount of time children read at their reading level has an enormous impact on their reading ability. Therefore, each of my students will be required to read 100 books (1 book = 100 pages at their reading level) before they leave the tenth grade. That's right. One hundred books.

However, reading 100 books with their current access to books will be nearly impossible --- my scholars have nowhere in town to pick up a book because Pine Bluff's public library and school library are both under construction.

With these books, my students will have easy access to a variety of high-interest, culturally-responsive books that will allow them to read independently at their personal reading level. All of these books have been chosen with my students in mind --- I have watched them the past semester of school read titles just like these.

To help them achieve this 100 book goal, they will be given at least 100 minutes of class time each week to read independently, and they will be expected to put in at least 30 minutes of reading time each day outside of school. To build our culture and love for reading, they will give "book talks" on their favorite books and respond to various prompts in a notebook as they read. As an incentive, they will receive awards each marking period which include gift certificates, lunch parties, and certificates of achievement.

Mr. Greenberg
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Walter Dean Myers (10 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $68.77 1 $68.77
Sharon C. Flake (6 Books) • AKJ Education $40.36 1 $40.36
March 3 • AKJ Education $17.99 2 $35.98
I'm Just Me • AKJ Education $7.26 3 $21.78
Just Another Hero • AKJ Education $10.12 2 $20.24
Getting Away with Murder The True Story of the Emmett Till Case • AKJ Education $19.79 1 $19.79
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice • AKJ Education $9.48 2 $18.96
Shattered • AKJ Education $8.09 2 $16.18
El Deafo • AKJ Education $7.99 2 $15.98
Screaming Quietly • AKJ Education $7.26 2 $14.52
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Out of Darkness • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Openly Straight • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Compass South • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
This One Summer • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
X: A Novel • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Black Boy • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Girl, Interrupted • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
The Playbook • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
March: Book One • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $10.74 1 $10.74
Crash • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
The Barn • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
Sunny Side Up • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Roller Girl • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Warp Speed • AKJ Education $9.34 1 $9.34
Beneath • AKJ Education $9.34 1 $9.34
Panic • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Cathedral The Story of Its Construction • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Ghosts • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Cool Salsa • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
All American Boys • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Drowned City • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Living • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Stotan! • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Running Loose • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Running Dream • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Castle • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Kids On Strike! • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Underground • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Pyramid • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
November Blues • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Importance of Wings • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Battle of Jericho • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $5.68 1 $5.68
Hannah's Touch • AKJ Education $5.47 1 $5.47
A Boy Called Slow The True Story of Sitting Bull • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Mosque • AKJ Education $4.48 1 $4.48
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Defining Dulcie • AKJ Education $1.00 2 $2.00
Growing Wings • AKJ Education $1.00 2 $2.00
Dove Song • AKJ Education $1.00 2 $2.00
True Love, the Sphinx, and Other Unsolvable Riddle • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Frank Sinatra • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
The Underwood See • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Hughes:The Private Diaries Memos and Letters • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Thursday's Child • AKJ Education $0.50 2 $1.00
Ttfn (Internet Girl) • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Fearless #5 Kiss • AKJ Education $0.50 2 $1.00
Fearless Twisted 4 • AKJ Education $0.50 2 $1.00
Sevens 4: Meltdown • AKJ Education $0.50 2 $1.00
Shattered • AKJ Education $0.50 2 $1.00
Bitten • AKJ Education $0.50 2 $1.00
Frank Lloyd Wright (Up Close) • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
John McCain: An American Life • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Last Lobo • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Morganville Vampires #2 • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Secret Love Diaries: Sweet Valley • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Fringe Girl in Love • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Surrender • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50

Materials cost

$694.81

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$57.32

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$792.55

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$139.86

Total project goal

$932.41

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$932.41

11 Donors

-$780.65

Donations toward project cost

-$665.05

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$115.60

match offer

-$150.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$127.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

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$0.00

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