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Mrs. Willard from Mount Airy NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bear's Den Reading Cafe

My students need a blend of 32 classics and intriguing fiction books to feed their need for self selected reading during our lunch time library cafe.

  • $430 goal

This project expired on February 18, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our goal for our students is to help them today to be readers so tomorrow they can be leaders! We have the hard part covered, they love our new Media Center, but we need some great books! We have to feed these hungry bear brains to help them grow into lifelong readers!

Our students are 9th-12th graders; yes they are teenagers and we must keep them reading!

Our school has approximately 600 students, which means we need lots of books and a great collection to spark their interests. They love to hang out in our new Media Center; due to renovations they went without one for almost 2 years. I have listened to them say things like, "Really is the Media Center open?", "Really can we check out books?". All of these things can make a new Media Specialist pretty sad because I want them to know our doors are always open to them and of course they can check out books. I want them to know this is a space for them, for leisure reading, for research or simply hanging out to do homework with friends. I actually had a female student in 12th grade tell me that she had never checked out books here until this year, and it was her final year of high school, that was truly sad. Our main goal is to provide quality literature that makes them want to READ.

My Project

This grant will help us to provide a high quality collection of fiction materials for our students. The students will be able to have high interest reading materials for their personal reading needs. They will also have a fun, engaging space to call their own in a positive learning environment. Currently our library collection is very dated, the materials that interest them are very limited. The state of North Carolina recommends our school libraries have 10 books per student in the collection and we have 7 books per student. In addition, our fiction collection average copyright age is 1980; extremely old and not filling the need for our students. The Bear's Den Lunch Cafe is a popular spot already, but on a daily basis I have students asking for titles that we simply don't have. We must meet their needs or they are going to become uninterested in our space. Through this activity our students will learn libraries are cool places to learn, grow and have fun as a lifelong reader!

Teenagers must read as much as younger students, their brains are still growing!

Reading builds a stronger vocabulary and grows writers that must navigate their way through higher education! This grant will provide our students with a new collection of fiction materials that will spark their interests! We must have a collection that is made especially for them and their needs! As readers the recipe includes a little of the classics, a lot of the modern and a dash of eclectic!

Mrs. Willard
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 600 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Just Listen • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
A Mercy • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
One Night That Changes Everything • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
This Lullaby Sarah Dessen • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
The Lonely Hearts Club Elizabeth Eulberg • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
An Abundance of Katherines • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Speak • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Brutal Michael Harmon • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower • AKJ Books $10.22 1 $10.22
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Friday Night Lights (PB) - OPI, WHEN GONE, GONE • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Leap Day • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Anna and the French Kiss • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
To Kill a Mockingbird (Mass) • AKJ Books $5.83 3 $17.49
In The Time Of The Butterflies • AKJ Books $12.56 2 $25.12
A Dog''s Purpose • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
If Only You Knew (Hotlanta Series) Denene Millner, Mitzi Mil • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
What Goes Around Denene Millner, Mitzi Miller • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
The Keep • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Sweeping Up Glass • AKJ Books $10.95 1 $10.95
Crooked Little Heart Anne Lamott • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
Something, Maybe Elizabeth Scott, Designed by Lisa Fyfe • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Bitter in the Mouth • AKJ Books $18.25 1 $18.25
Birmingham, 35 Miles • AKJ Books $8.76 1 $8.76
Choppy Socky Blues • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The End of California • AKJ Books $10.18 1 $10.18
Canning Season • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Sacred Time Ursula Hegi • AKJ Books $9.49 1 $9.49
Buried Child • AKJ Books $10.22 1 $10.22

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