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Mr. Jackson from Atlanta GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

APS CLL Mini Grant March Madness in the Media Center

Help me give my students the opportunity to read and compete in a fun and stress free enviornment. APS CLL Grow. Lead. Transform. Mini-Grants.

  • $457 goal

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My Students

My library is the hub of learning at my school. The demographics of my school are 100% free/reduced lunch, 32% mobility/transient, and 94% African-American, 5% Hispanic, and 1% Caucasian. Dobbs students come from a variety of home situations, but all Dobbs kids are interested and curious learners with a strong will and ability to persevere through a variety of situations and obstacles. Every day in the library, I am inspired by the students’ love of books and literacy. It is an honor and privilege to work in the Jaguar Library.

John Wesley Dobbs is committed to providing a full range of services to our students and community including a STEM curriculum with gardens, makerspace labs, and technology labs.

My school has a full time clinic staffed by a physician assistant and food bank at least two times a month.

The teachers and administration at my school are committed to providing a rigorous and well-rounded education to all.

My Project

In my first year as the John Wesley Dobbs library media specialist I was unsure of what to expect. Over the summer I spent time in historical data, examining the students Lexile levels, their Accelerated Reader participation rates, and the library’s circulation rates. I created an ambitious library plan prior to examining the data and I was not sure my yearlong library media plan could be implemented. The data indicated low circulation rates and little AR participation. I decided not to amend my plan and just go for it. I was nervous starting at a new school and wondered would the kids want to join the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) would the kids be interested in lunch bunch book clubs? After my first few weeks of work, I discovered it was the right move to keep my plan as it was.

The library is alive with students, projects, reading clubs, science fair research, AR test taking, and reading bowl.

I placed signup sheets for book clubs and am filled through March. The kids come every day reading to discuss books and ask questions. Circulation rates have quadrupled last year’s rates in just three months. AR testing taking is at a high rate and highly competitive through leader boards and class point competitions. I had over 25 kids express interest in reading bowl. Unfortunately, HRRB can only accommodate a 10-student team.

A few years ago I did a March Madness reading program and it is a perfect fit for the Dobbs library and students. This year I have chosen to use the Jason Reynolds track books. They are relatable and culturally relevant to my students. The kids who did not make the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team at Dobbs will be on the March Madness teams.

Mr. Jackson
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Jason Reynolds's Track Series: Ghost; Patina; Sunny; Lu • Amazon Business $31.20 10 $312.00
Teacher Created Resources Super Reader Awards (1935) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98

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