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Mrs. Schichner from Shreveport LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Need to Read

My students need 30 grade-appropriate chapter books, including "The Devil's Arithmetic", "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "A Wrinkle in Time".

  • $282 goal

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Down in the South, Louisiana that is, we love to read! It is a favorite past-time of just about anybody you talk to. Lucky for me, I not only enjoy reading, but I get to teach it to 120 eager-to-read seventh graders! My school and my state encourage and require daily silent reading in the English-Language Arts classroom. I have quickly come to realize in my four years of teaching Reading, this not only improves a student's reading skills, but it increases their comprehension level in all subjects!

Seventh graders are at a very crucial age in their lives. They are facing many obstacles such as peer pressure, hormonal changes, a desire to "fit-in", and academic and ability performance. Solutions to their problems can be found when they are encouraged to read and they find themselves deep into the heart of a good book. Unfortunately, books can be expensive and not always readily available. This is where the classroom library comes in to play and provides that good book to every student during a daily silent reading time.

Due to difficult economic times, salaries of parents, teachers, and other school faculty is limited. If we want our "future" to become better readers, it is up to us to pull together and combine our resources. While I have provided a minimal classroom library for my students, the need for more books is still there. Providing more of a selection and variety of books within the classroom can certainly benefit students by peaking their interest and encouraging a lifetime of reading.

Your assistance in providing classroom books to my students will ensure the care and concern for their reading abilities, and make it possible for them to develop a continual love for reading and the support a good book can provide.

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

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Ruby Holler Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The School Story Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Wanderer Sharon Creech, David Diaz, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Freckle Juice Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Heat Mike Lupica • Barnes and Noble $3.98 1 $3.98
The Lemonade War Jacqueline Davies • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Lock and Key Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Hoot Carl Hiaasen • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series #2) Heather Brewer • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Sign of the Beaver Elizabeth George Speare • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks, Brock Cole (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Out of the Dust Karen Hesse • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Cay Theodore Taylor • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Loser Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli (Editor), Joanna Cotler (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Devil's Arithmetic Jane Yolen • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Love That Dog Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
A Single Shard Linda Sue Park • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Running Out of Time Margaret Peterson Haddix, Dan Craig (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Small Steps Louis Sachar • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Bad Place Dean Koontz • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Eleven Patricia Reilly Giff • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Princess Academy Shannon Hale • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
On My Honor Marion Dane Bauer, Dolores Kozielski • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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