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Mrs. Smith-Clemens from Akron OH is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Book Buddy

Help me give my students young adult, high interest, award winning books that they'll want to read, read more and share with a new friend.

  • $449 goal

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

Ohio’s recent School Report Card, considers the diverse 970 student body, 100% economically disadvantaged. Our students have had a school year filled with the anti-norm. Despite moving into a beautiful new school building in 2020, many upperclassmen agree that is still quite not “home.” Add in the unfamiliar new alternating A/B schedule of 90-minute classes every other day and it might be understandable that the student body is less than enthusiastic about all the changes.

Despite all the chaos of the last couple of years, our students are resilient.

Before 2020’s “March Madness,” of the COVID-19 virus hit, the school library had become a “Choose Your Own Adventure” hub. Students could literally come in and choose what they wanted to do- sit and read, record a song in the Recording studio, do some crafting in the Creation station, practice a Tik-Tok dance, complete a STEM challenge...The possibilities were endless. And now they want their library back! So, the challenge is now still underway for ways to welcome students back into our school community empowering them to make connections and friendships with other students around a common interest- books...of course!

My Project

The Book Buddy program is a book sharing program designed to build relationships between students in our diverse building. Several sets of similarly themed books would be purchased for students to choose from. When a student chooses a book they will be “matched” up with another student who has the paired book. Ultimately, after comparing their character details, maybe- just maybe a match will be made and a friendship emerges. Book Buddy offers an alternative to social media strengths like connecting with like-minded peers, exchanging ideas or expanding friendships.

Reading a book is still that timeless past-time that allows our student readers to relax, breathe, reflect, compare, relate, calm, visit other places, learn, grow and more.

The Book Buddy program is a re-mixed book club that supports book loving students who want to read newer high interest, hard-copy, print books by having students “introduce a character” in their chosen book to another willing reader participant. The face-to-face interaction with fellow students would help students recover from the feelings of isolation created by the pandemic and the excessive screen time that was necessary during the nearly year long online learning format.

Most students in our building still prefer to avoid the screen fatigue, eye strain, and social media/gaming distractions associated with reading books in a digital format- online or through an app. Frequently, students will prefer a print book over an e-book version. The program also supports the mission and purpose of the school library’s S.T.E.A.M. lounge & Innovation lab. This school-wide multisensory space was developed to support social-emotional growth and a variety of student learning activities to improve student’s academic achievement goals.

Mrs. Smith-Clemens
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Skyward Boxed Set: Skyward; Starsight; Cytonic • Amazon Business $58.67 1 $58.67
The Inheritance Games Boxed Set • Amazon Business $56.99 1 $56.99
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Series Boxed Set: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder; Good Girl, Bad Blood; As Good as Dead • Amazon Business $54.97 1 $54.97
Percy St. John and the Chronicle of Secrets • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
What Beauty There Is: A Novel • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
The Kaepernick Effect: Taking a Knee, Changing the World • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Initial Insult • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Aurora's End (The Aurora Cycle) • Amazon Business $14.78 1 $14.78
Take Me With You When You Go • Amazon Business $14.75 1 $14.75
The Devil Makes Three • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
Punching the Air • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle) • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Pet • MahoganyBooks $8.99 1 $8.99

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