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Mrs. Stephens from Ferguson MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Book Is A Gift

My students need books that captivate them, that they can relate and will keep them up reading at night like "The Hate U Give" or "Long Way Down".

  • $830 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

First, my students are wonderful young people. They are kind, caring, and generous with helping others - most of the time! They are middle schoolers on their own literacy journeys. Some of my students enjoy reading, but are below grade level. Others would do anything rather than read, but they just haven't found the right book . . . yet!

I would like my students to see reading, and books, as gifts.

I want them to value reading and see themselves as book owners. To do that, they need books at home, books that are their own, that they can have next to their beds, on top of their dressers, or in their hands as they read themselves to sleep.

My Project

Because many of my students do not see themselves as readers, I'd like to be able to create the opportunity for them to become book owners.

The books funded from this project will be put in a specially decorated box, and on their birthdays, my students will be able to open the box and choose a book.

Many favorites are on the list, like Jason Reynolds' books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Babysitters' Club graphic novels.

For a number of my students, this book will be the very first book they've received as a gift. Students will be able to treasure these books as their very own, and, I hope, begin to see themselves as readers and book owners, and view books as gifts that help them better understand our world.

Mrs. Stephens
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $10.49 2 $20.98
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 3 $20.94
Ghostopolis • Amazon Business $10.39 2 $20.78
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $9.61 2 $19.22
When I Was the Greatest • Amazon Business $8.79 2 $17.58
Cardboard • Amazon Business $8.52 2 $17.04
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $15.37 1 $15.37
Panic • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives • Amazon Business $6.63 2 $13.26
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Finding Mighty • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Solo (Blink) • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali • Amazon Business $5.31 2 $10.62
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Keep Me in Mind • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
The Getaway • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Hoops • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #5): A Graphix Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
For Every One • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
Mary Anne Saves the Day: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #3) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Claudia and Mean Janine: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #4) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Kristy's Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Truth About Stacey: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #2) • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 • Amazon Business $8.31 1 $8.31
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Precepts • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Outsiders • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Public School Superhero • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Every Day • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8 • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3) • Amazon Business $7.57 1 $7.57
Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6): Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $7.45 1 $7.45
Drama • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $7.25 1 $7.25
Money Hungry (new cover) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $4.86 1 $4.86
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

Materials cost

$665.14

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$705.12

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$124.43

Total project goal

$829.55

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$829.55

15 Donors

-$566.03

Donations toward project cost

-$481.13

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$84.90

Matching donations from our partners

-$263.52

Match offers toward project cost

-$223.99

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$39.53

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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