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Mrs. V.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

A Return to Values

My students need 16 various books about values such as "Driver's Ed" and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", to teach them virtues like honesty, integrity, and kindness!

"A Return to Values" is what many of my students need to relate to when reading books about teens like themselves! Our school is located on the outskirts of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. It is a low income school where over 75% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Many of our students are those relocated to this area because of Hurricane Katrina. Now we are in Hurricane Gustav devastation; another hurricane has hurt us once again! My students need to learn how to overcome adversity through reading stories about kids like themselves!

My students are enrolled in English IV, ACT Prep, and English 101. Most of them are considered juniors or seniors in high school. In order to raise their reading awareness and to increase their comprehension skills, our school has implemented the Accelerated Reader Program where students read books, take tests, and earn points for those books read. Many of these students cannot afford to purchase these books so it is left up to me to provide them with a variety of high interest level books. As anyone knows, books are expensive. My students love to read books about teens like themselves. During a time when they are facing adversity, virtues like honesty, integrity and kindness never go out of style! They need to understand how others have overcome adversity. The only problem I am faced with is the fact that there are no books for juniors and seniors. My students are poor and cannot afford to buy these books.

My students have shown a great interest in reading since the implementation of this program in August, 2007. I need to provide them with a variety of books to read. These books will take them on journeys most can only dream of. It will teach them how to face adversity with virtues like honesty, integrity and kindness. My students will greatly benefit from a class library. “A Return to Values” is a project that will feed the need for my students to read! In order to do this, I need books, books, and more books. I have shopped yard sales and local library book sales to buy books for my students. They need a variety of books that will keep their interests and keep them on the right track. They need a variety of books that will take them places outside of small town Louisiana. They need books that will teach them of how life was in the past, how life is now for teens like themselves, and how life could be in the future. This project will serve my students by giving them a lifetime of memories and a lifetime of learning by simply reading about life-changing events, love stories, and other subject matter

You can help my students “return to values” by helping to supply books for our class library! Make a difference in the lives of my students. Your help will allow them to face adversity in style---with honesty, integrity and kindness---by reading stories that set an example to help them work through their challenges in life in style! This project is so important to the success of the Accelerated Reader Program. More importantly is that it is important to the students in the English IV classroom. Not only will these books benefit my students, but they will also benefit students who come into my classroom to "borrow" books to read.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

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Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo • 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
Celine Brock Cole • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Chernowitz! Fran Arrick • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Day They Came to Arrest the Book Nat Hentoff • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Driver's Ed Caroline B. Cooney • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Friedrich Hans Peter Richter, Edite Kroll (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach, Russell Munson (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $9.00 1 $9.00
Lillies of the Field William E. Barrett • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind Suzanne Fisher Staples • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Slot Machine Chris Lynch • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Someone Like You Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith, Foreword by Anna Quindlen • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Whirligig Paul Fleischman • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Words by Heart Ouida Sebestyen • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
Double-face Wire Book Truck w/6 Sloping Shelves, 44x38x18 in.,Black • Highsmith Inc. $151.36 1 $151.36

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