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

Book Banks!

My students need 81 high-interest books, ranging from elementary to college reading levels.

  • $1,001 goal

This project expired on July 7, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Many of my students eagerly crowded around the classroom library in the beginning of the year for a glimpse of the wonders of literature that would be available to them. Sadly, that initial interest has long turned into boredom and disappointment. Most of these books are old or not relevant to their lives. My 9th-graders have no interest in this out-dated collection—a scary thought when so much of our college readiness program depends on adequate literacy skills.

Many of my English Language Arts students here in New York enter my urban, high-needs classroom with elementary reading levels. At the same time, other students are at advanced levels and need advanced challenges. Luckily, we mix independent reading time in with our rigorous curriculum of Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Sartre. This independent reading time gives students a chance to explore books that cater to their interests and meet them at an appropriate reading level—one that will stretch them just the right amount, thus ensuring that they are preparing themselves for the more independent learning style that college requires of students.

Our scholars each present one of their favorite independent reading books to their class during weekly “Book Talks”. This engages the class in the reading process and introduces reluctant readers to titles that catch their interest. In addition, avid readers are provided new titles of interest to add to their literary repertoire. Along the way, students complete “Book Bank” sheets to help them keep track of the books they read—a great tool for when they sit down to review for the state exams in the spring. Aside from increasing cultural literacy, these presentations hone speaking skills that help prepare the students for presentations they will make in college and in the work force.

With your help, my readers will have a collection of engaging and well written literature to choose from in order to teach and enrich themselves. Before long, the whole 9th grade will be scampering to be the first at the classroom library again. And we know what that means—boosting those literacy skills that will be so crucial in high school, college, careers, and beyond!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gym Candy Carl Deuker • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Sharon Draper, Rameck Hunt • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Copper Sun Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy #1) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High Trilogy #2) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
November Blues Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Romiette and Julio Sharon M. Draper, Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Darkness Before Dawn (Hazelwood High Trilogy #3) Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Battle of Jericho Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Fire from the Rock Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Double Dutch Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive Dave Pelzer • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family Dave Pelzer • Barnes and Noble $10.36 1 $10.36
Twilight Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $10.39 1 $10.39
New Moon Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $8.79 1 $8.79
Nightlight: A Parody • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Secrets in the Shadows (Bluford High Series #3) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
A Matter of Trust (Bluford High Series #2) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Brothers in Arms (Bluford High Series #9) Paul Langan, Ben Alirez • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Blood is Thicker (Bluford High Series #8) Paul Langan, D. M. Blackwell • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Bully (Bluford High Series #5) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Summer of Secrets (Bluford High Series #10) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Someone to Love Me (Bluford High Series #4) Anne Schraff, Paul Langan (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Shattered (Bluford High Series #12) Paul Langan • Barnes and Noble $13.23 1 $13.23
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin • Barnes and Noble $10.40 1 $10.40
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
Bodega Dreams: A Novel Ernesto Quinonez, Ernesto Quiinonez • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver • Barnes and Noble $11.99 1 $11.99
Impulse Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Flirtin' with the Monster: Your Favorite Authors on Ellen Hopkins's Crank and Glass Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $10.36 1 $10.36
CRANK: Crank and Glass Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Tricks Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $15.19 1 $15.19
Identical Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Burned Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
The View from Saturday E. L. Konigsburg • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Book Thief Markus Zusak • Barnes and Noble $9.59 1 $9.59
What I Saw and How I Lied Judy Blundell • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
A Curse Dark as Gold Elizabeth C. Bunce • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman, Dave Mckean (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
Out with the in Crowd Stephanie Morrill, Baker Publishing Group Staff • Barnes and Noble $10.39 1 $10.39
Me, Just Different Stephanie Morrill • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
Crash Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Along for the Ride Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $15.99 1 $15.99
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer • Barnes and Noble $14.29 1 $14.29
Cherry Mary Karr • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
The Magicians Lev Grossman • Barnes and Noble $17.51 1 $17.51
Soulless Gail Carriger • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth Kevin Wilson • Barnes and Noble $11.19 1 $11.19
City of Thieves David Benioff • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
Finding Nouf Zoe Ferraris • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
The Good Thief Hannah Tinti • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
Just After Sunset: Stories Stephen King • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Mudbound Hillary Jordan • Barnes and Noble $3.99 1 $3.99
Sharp Teeth Toby Barlow • Barnes and Noble $3.99 1 $3.99
Three Girls and Their Brother Theresa Rebeck • Barnes and Noble $12.60 1 $12.60
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China Matthew Polly • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
Bad Monkeys Matt Ruff • Barnes and Noble $12.59 1 $12.59
Genghis: Birth of an Empire (Genghis Khan: Conqueror Series #1) Conn Iggulden • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah • Barnes and Noble $9.60 1 $9.60
Mister Pip Lloyd Jones • Barnes and Noble $9.60 1 $9.60
The Spellman Files (Spellman Files Series #1) Lisa Lutz • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Book of Lost Things John Connolly • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska Michael D'Orso • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
The Help Kathryn Stockett • Barnes and Noble $13.72 1 $13.72
Color of the Sea John Hamamura • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
The Floor of the Sky Pamela Carter Joern • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game Michael Lewis • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Black Swan Green David Mitchell • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
World Made Straight Ron Rash • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
Upstate Kalisha Buckhanon • Barnes and Noble $7.88 1 $7.88
Gil's All Fright Diner A. Lee Martinez • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Gossip Girl: The Third Collection Cecily von Ziegesar • Barnes and Noble $24.79 1 $24.79
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl Series #1) Cecily von Ziegesar • Barnes and Noble $8.79 1 $8.79
You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl Series #2) Cecily von Ziegesar • Barnes and Noble $8.79 1 $8.79
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously Julie Powell • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19

Materials cost

$799.16

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.99

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$820.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$180.03

Total project goal

$1,000.18

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,000.18

2 Donors

-$165.00

Donations toward project cost

-$135.30

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.70

match offer

-$835.18

Match offer toward project cost

-$684.85

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$150.33

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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