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Ms. LaBrec from Moab UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Novel in Every Desk

My students need individual copies of 4 novels we read as a class, "Maniac Magee", "Catherine, Called Birdy", "Peak", and "Snow Treasure".

  • $328 goal

This project expired on January 25, 2011.

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My Students

A novel in every desk is something I would like my students to experience! Our Title I school has random multiple copies of novels purchased by teachers at used book stores and garage sales etc., or discarded from other schools. Sharing is great, but sometimes having your "own" book is exciting.

Our students opt to attend our rural charter school because our classes are smaller than the public schools.

Most read below grade-level. They are full of potential and curiosity, but many have limited financial resources and do not come from homes that stress education. It saddens me to see that they own more digital games and gadgets than books. My goal is to tap into their imaginations and improve their opportunities for future success in society by getting them hooked on books. They actually get very excited about something as basic as having their own book to read with the class, and refer to at their leisure.

My Project

If a child learns to love books, he will always have a friend, a skill, and a healthy way to "escape" from the pressures of a hectic modern world. My goal, simply, is to instill in my students a passion for reading. If I can accomplish this they will be more successful in every aspect of their education. My classroom reading will be better for my students if they each have their "own" copies. I want them to have this basic experience.

My goal is rather simple, but the impact on the educational experience for my students is enormous.

Franklin Roosevelt's goal for the United States in the 1930's was "a chicken in every pot." I am going back to basics with a novel in every desk!

Ms. LaBrec
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Catherine, Called Birdy Karen Cushman • Barnes and Noble $5.97 17 $101.49
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $5.97 12 $71.64
Peak Roland Smith • Barnes and Noble $5.93 7 $41.51
Snow Treasure Marie Mcswigan, Andr LaBlanc (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 6 $25.56

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