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  • $810 goal

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Ms. Janecek
Grades 6-8
  • Eaton Johnson Middle School
  • Henderson, NC
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 17 donors
  • $0 still needed

3500 Bridges: A Quest To Close The Literacy Gap

Our students need a classroom library of 89 middle-school level fiction and non-fiction books to reach our goal of reading 3500 books collectively.

"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young." -Maya Angelou I teach middle school English/Language Arts in a rural, high-need community in North Carolina. The school I teach at is located in the heart of the Achievement Gap - a term that describes students from low-income communities who consistently have been performing significantly lower on standardized state tests than their neighbors in wealthier communities. An essential tool in overcoming this "gap" is developing their basic reading skills and pushing them to grow more than the standard one academic year in each grade. Only through continuous practice and motivation will these students have the opportunities for success that they deserve.

When I started teaching middle school, I thought the largest obstacle I would have to overcome was attitude. Although it has proven to be an issue, I never realized how much my students would come to impress me every single day. I introduced a challenge to them in the beginning of the year: You, as a class, will read 500 books by the end of the year. Instead of groaning or complaining about how impossible that would be, they willingly and excitedly stepped up to the plate. They were motivated beyond my belief. Immediately they asked to go to the library so they could begin reading that day. When I took them to our school library, I was shocked. It seemed as if they had a wide selection to choose from but upon closer inspection, I saw that our books were torn-up, outdated, and nowhere near rigorous enough for these motivated students. The only books they seemed remotely interested in were at least two grade levels too low and thus, didn't qualify for my challenge (where the books they read must be at least 180 pages and on their grade level). They stared at me blankly, wondering how they could possibly meet their goal when they didn't have the resources to even begin.

My students need - and deserve - the opportunity to push themselves as readers. A classroom library full of up-to-date, interesting, relevant, and rigorous books will give them the chance to expand their knowledge, practice their reading and thinking skills, and feel excited and inspired about reading - all of which would provide them with the opportunities they need to succeed at their age.

Your support for our library will make it possible for my students to push themselves further than they've ever been pushed. Your help will ensure that my students reach an ambitious goal and in doing so, change the course of their academic (and personal) lives.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Johnny Tremain Esther Forbes, Lynn Ward (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
On Horseback and Other Stories Guy de Maupassant • Barnes and Noble $11.85 1 $11.85
Thousand Pieces of Gold: A Biographical Novel Ruthanne Lum McCunn • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson (Scholastic Biography) McGovern, Harold Goodwin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
People of Sparks (Books of Ember Series #2) Jeanne DuPrau • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
City of Ember (Books of Ember Series #1) Jeanne DuPrau • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Silas Marner George Eliot • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
Fighting Ground Avi • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Crispin: The Cross of Lead Avi • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel Avi • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Something Upstairs Avi • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Wright 3 Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Tangerine Edward Bloor • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
When the Legends Die Hal Borland • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Boy In The Striped Pajamas John Boyne • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck, Stephanie Reents, Cynthia Brantley Johnson (Editor), Supplement by Stephanie Reents • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Queenie Peavy Robert Burch, Jerry Lazare (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Summer of the Swans Betsy Byars • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Don Quixote Henry Brook, Jan McNee (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog Gennifer Choldenko • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Whatever Happened to Janie? (Janie Johnson Series #2) Caroline B. Cooney • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson Series #1) Caroline B. Cooney, Berridge • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Last of the Mohicans (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) James Fenimore Cooper, Stephen Railton (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
I Am the Cheese Robert Cormier • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Chocolate War Robert Cormier • Barnes and Noble $6.75 1 $6.75
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane • Barnes and Noble $3.15 1 $3.15
I Heard the Owl Call My Name Margaret Craven • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Absolutely Normal Chaos Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Wanderer Sharon Creech, David Diaz, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Children of the River Linda Crew • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Robinson Crusoe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Daniel Defoe, L. J. Swingle (Illustrator), L. J. Swingle (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Johnny Appleseed Patricia Brennan Demuth, Michael Montgomery (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
David Copperfield Charles Dickens • Barnes and Noble $4.50 1 $4.50
Oliver Twist (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Charles Dickens, George Cruikshank (Illustrator), Jill Muller (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Emily Dickinson, Rachel Wetzsteon, Rachel Wetzsteon (Introduction), Noted by Rachel Wetzsteon • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Morning Girl Michael Dorris • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman (Illustrator), Kyle Freeman (Introduction), Noted by Kyle Freeman • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur Doyle, Kyle Freeman, Kyle Freeman (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Romiette and Julio Sharon M. Draper, Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Stranger with My Face Lois Duncan • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Prophet of Yonwood (Books of Ember Series #3) Jeanne DuPrau • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The Neverending Story Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim, Roswitha Quadflieg (Illustrator), Ralph Manheim (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Nancy Farmer • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Sorry, Wrong Number - the Hitch-Hiker Lucille Fletcher • Barnes and Noble $6.75 1 $6.75
One-Eyed Cat Paula Fox, Erika Meltzer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost Gary D. Schmidt, Robert Frost, Henri Sorensen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy #1) Funke, Anthea Bell (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Thief Lord Funke, Christian Burmingham (Illustrator), Oliver Latsch (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Miracle Worker William Gibson • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure; the Good Parts Version William Goldman • Barnes and Noble $7.20 1 $7.20
Shadow Children (Boxed Set): Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons Margaret Peterson Haddix • Barnes and Noble $19.19 1 $19.19
The Man Without A Country Edward Everett Hale • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The House of Dies Drear Virginia Hamilton • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry, Robert Nemiroff (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Tex S. E. Hinton • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Ghost in the Tokaido Inn Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Public Enemy Number Two (Diamond Brothers Mystery Series #2) Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
South by Southeast (Diamond Brothers Mystery Series #3) Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Falcon's Malteser (Diamond Brothers Mystery Series #1) Anthony Horowitz • Barnes and Noble $2.98 1 $2.98
Langston Hughes: Young Black Poet (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) Montrew Dunham, Robert Doremus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Kira-Kira Cynthia Kadohata • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
I Have a Dream King, Jr., Foreword by Coretta Scott King • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Captains Courageous Rudyard Kipling, Kathy Casey (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $2.25 1 $2.25
A Separate Peace John Knowles • Barnes and Noble $9.90 1 $9.90
The View From Saturday E.L. Konigsburg • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Inherit the Wind Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Wind in the Door Madeleine L'Engle • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Swiftly Tilting Planet Madeleine L'Engle • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Call of the Wild Jack London, Dwight Swain (Afterword), Foreword by Dwight Swain • Barnes and Noble $2.69 1 $2.69
The Sea-Wolf Jack London • Barnes and Noble $2.70 1 $2.70
White Fang Jack London, K. A. Applegate • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Village Blacksmith; God's Acre; A Psalm of Life Henry Wadsworth Wordsworth Longfellow • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The Song of Hiawatha Henry Wadsworth Longfellow • Barnes and Noble $3.15 1 $3.15
Gentle's Holler Kerry Madden • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Good Night, Mr. Tom Michelle Magorian • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Corner of the Universe Martin • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Here Today Martin • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Missing Since Monday Ann M. Martin • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hundred-penny Box Sharon Bell Mathis, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo, Foreword by Jon Snow • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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