Our students come to us from a variety of different economic backgrounds and bring with them their own set of life experiences. Some of our students have been read to since they were infants, while others cannot remember the last time they opened a book, let alone were read to outside of school. Some have bookshelves full of current literature and the most trendy reads, while others don't even know where the library is located nor do they have the abilities to get there.
Our kids are hard-working, determined individuals with bright futures ahead of them.
All students deserve the opportunity to learn and increase their literacy skills, regardless of economic status. As their teachers we want to provide them with the tools they need to get there. We are hoping to close the literary gap between these groups of students by providing them with easy access to engaging literature.
Each day in our English classes, we take time for students to read a self-selected text. Many struggle to find a book they enjoy or to take the time out of their busy schedules to actually obtain a copy of a book, while others simply don't have the resources to obtain copies. Some make statements such as "I haven't read a book in _____ years". We often work closely with our students to help them find a text they might connect with and to help them gain access to the text.
By donating to our project, you will be providing students with access to diverse and engaging literature within the walls of our classroom.
Students can worry less about physically locating a text and more about finding one they will enjoy and sustain.
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