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Ms. Alfonso from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A Tornado Destroyed Our Library...Help Us Rebuild It!

Help me give my students books to rebuild our classroom library! After the tornado that ripped apart our school, we have no more books for our students.

  • $721 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine being immersed in a new country, a new language, and a new culture during the first year of your high school experience. My students came to this country as newcomers two years ago--many of them enduring long and somewhat traumatic journeys in order to get here. They are currently in their third year of the country working hard to learn English. Almost all of these students are from seriously impoverished families, but that does not prevent them from working hard in their studies in order to acquire the language.

Collaborative learning is an essential component to our ESL 3 classroom.

Students in my classroom are inquisitive, compassionate, and dedicated. These language learners need books that connect to their lives, but are also at their reading level. My students are eager to learn, curious about the world, and need practice with the language. Their dedication, passion, and willingness inspire me to be a better educator.

My Project

On Sunday, October 21, 2019, a tornado ripped through parts of North Dallas and destroyed homes, businesses, and schools. My High School was one of those schools. The damage was so bad that all of the teachers and staff had to be relocated to a new campus nearly 10 miles away. As we try to regain our footing in the new campus, we are slowly realizing the levels of loss of our books. While the community has been so generous with donations of supplies and materials, we have no books for our classroom library.

What was once a flourishing library of over 500 books has diminished to nothing.

My students read these books every day in class--reading was an integral part of our daily lessons. Please join me on my quest to recreate our classroom library. I have selected the titles that were the most popular for my students. We would be so appreciative of your support--anything will help us at this point.

Ms. Alfonso
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Twilight (4 bk set) • AKJ Education $50.85 1 $50.85
We Are Okay • AKJ Education $13.13 3 $39.39
Night • AKJ Education $7.70 5 $38.50
I Am Malala • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
The Joy Luck Club (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
Persepolis • AKJ Education $10.91 2 $21.82
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $6.98 3 $20.94
Fences • AKJ Education $10.22 2 $20.44
Trash • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Screaming Quietly • AKJ Education $7.26 2 $14.52
Salt to the Sea • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Hobbit • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
Black Panther 1 • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Brave New World • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Hansel and Gretel (Standard Edition) • AKJ Education $11.46 1 $11.46
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $11.19 1 $11.19
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.59 2 $11.18
Into the Wild • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Of Mice and Men • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
The Stranger • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Divergent • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Romeo and Juliet • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Out of The Easy • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Pearl • AKJ Education $7.83 1 $7.83
Every Falling Star • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Between Shades of Gray • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Naruto, Vol. 5 Challengers • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Naruto, Vol. 1 The Tests of the Ninja • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Naruto, Vol. 2 The Worst Client • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Naruto, Vol. 3 Dreams • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Naruto, Vol. 4 The Hero's Bridge • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
A Time to Dance • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $5.98 1 $5.98
A Wrinkle in Time • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
Macbeth • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Naruto: Chapter Book, Vol. 2 The Tests of a Ninja • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Naruto Chapter Book 5 • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Naruto Chapter Book 4 • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64

Materials cost

$573.42

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$612.02

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$108.00

Total project goal

$720.02

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$720.02

2 Donors

-$144.00

Donations toward project cost

-$123.90

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$20.10

match offer

-$574.26

Match offer toward project cost

-$488.12

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$86.14

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

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$0.00

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