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Mr. Ohl from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Awesome Books for Awesome Kids

The cost of 35 books is $463, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $463 goal

This project expired on April 17, 2009.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Dear Kind Benefactor, Thank you for supporting our efforts. We have really great kids but we need some great books to help them improve their literacy. About 75% of our class is reading below grade level. Six of our students are on a second grade reading level in the 7th grade. This is unacceptable and if not corrected will greatly diminish our students' ability to get good jobs. Please help our kids to improve their reading levels by funding this grant. I spent four hours this weekend at Barnes & Noble searching for books that are on a second grade reading level but would be interesting and not humiliating for urban 7th graders to read. There is not a great selection out there but we found enough books for a good start. Our school uses the Columbia Teachers College Workshop Model of literacy. What that means is that students are taught literature skills that are somewhat universal such as how to make text to self connections, how to focus on the conflict in a text, or how to make inferences about what they have read. Each day, students are expected to read a certain amount and record notes using post-its in their books for discussion with their peers and to help them in their writers workshop. This model of literacy has been shown through research to help all readers not just the top readers which is what used to happen. However, this model also hinges on having books that are on the appropriate reading level of the students that will also engage them. This is why I have written this grant to you. We need your help to get these books and help our students progress to higher reading levels. Our students have been begging me to get them interesting books to read. I have bought many books on my own but a teacher's salary doesn't give a lot of room for philanthropy. Our goal is for all of our students to be on grade level. Please help us move towards this ideal by funding this grant. Each child that moves up a level will be a victory for all of us. We need our citizens to be literate for democracy to work. Our kids need to be literate to get good jobs. Your support is crucial in this struggle. Please invest in our students and their promising future. Thank you for your support and god bless.

Mr. Ohl
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Box Set, Vol. 5 Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator), Holly Black (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $31.99 1 $31.99
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (Spiderwick Chronicles Series) Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $19.96 1 $19.96
Drown Junot Diaz • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
When I Was Puerto Rican Esmeralda Santiago • Barnes and Noble $12.55 3 $37.65
Almost a Woman Esmeralda Santiago • Barnes and Noble $11.65 2 $23.30
The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #1) Holly Black • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The Ironwood Tree (Spiderwick Chronicles #4) Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2) Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The Wrath of Mulgarth (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #5) Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Candy Kevin Brooks • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Duelist, Volume 17 Kazuki Takahashi • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-GI-Oh! Duelist, Volume 14 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Duelist, Volume 16 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duelist, Volume 15 Kazuki Takahashi • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, Volume 1 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, Volume 2 Kazuki Takahashi, Yukito Kishiro (Illustrator), Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-GI-Oh! Duelist, Volume 3 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, Volume 4 Kazuki Takahashi • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duelist, Volume 5 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, Volume 6 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-GI-Oh! Duelist, Volume 7 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, Volume 8 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, Volume 9 Kazauki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duelist, Volume 10 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-GI-Oh!: Duelist, Volume 11 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-GI-Oh!: Duelist, Volume 12 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Yu-GI-Oh! Duelist, Volume 13 Kazuki Takahashi, Kazuki Takahashi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Street Pharm Allison van Diepen • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Loser Jerry Spinelli, Eileen Spinelli (Editor), Joanna Cotler (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
145th Street: Short Stories Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39

Materials cost

$320.59

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

3rd party payment processing fee

Fulfillment labor & materials

Total project cost

$379.25

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$83.25

Total project goal

$462.50

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$462.50

1 Donor

-$436.14

Donations toward project cost

-$380.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$56.14

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$27.27

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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