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Ms. Scafone from Detroit MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

“Books Are A Uniquely Portable Magic.” --Stephen King

My students need books because we do not have a classroom library.

  • $344 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Reading should be presented as a gift, not as a chore. My students despise reading, but we also don't allow them to choose what they read, but my school also has so (close to almost nothing) to choose from. Reading a book is discovering the world around you.

My students are African American urban students, but other than this one, very loaded distinction they are like all other teenagers.

They are excited for graduation and prom and are anxious and nervous for what the future beyond high school will bring. Many are waiting for college and scholarship acceptance letters, some are looking to enter the workforce and military. Many of them don't understand why people expect less of poor, black students and are frustrated by the stigmas that lay in their paths, but are blatantly aware of them. My school is a reformed public school that was taken over by the state 3 years ago due to low test scores. The state has not offered the students much of a better option, as a politicized battle continued to ravage the schools and deplete funding for anything educational. Teachers don't have copy machines or resources like pens, pencils, and textbooks; students do not have access to computers with printers and no one has access to a campus library.

My Project

I recently went to a professional development in which Penny Kittle was the speaker. She said that while she does complete one unit in which the class reads together, she teaches reading skills through Independent Reading units, which means the students pick books that each of them are actually interested in. Kittle mentioned that if you think about it, that is how "readers" actually do it, right? We read what we want to read, and if we don't like the book, we put it down and start another. My students have incredibly low reading scores. They read incredibly below their grade levels. They have no schema because they barely know anything about the world around them. I would like to promote reading, and not just to raise test scores, but to create lifelong learners. I know as a teacher that in my classroom if students have a choice of what we are learning, students will be more engaged. I want to take that principal and apply it what students read.

Having books, such as Night and Number the Stars, will allow me to teach my students reading skills.

I have a few class sets of books my students do not want to read and that are way above their reading level. What this means is, the students will not engage in the process of reading, and reading becomes punishment to the student who has trouble reading. So the student who was already a good reader, doesn't get any better, and the struggling reader, doesn't improve and nothing changes. Creating readers improves the education.

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

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Free from Death Road • Amazon $20.65 1 $20.65
Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept • Amazon $19.90 1 $19.90
The Storm and the Tide: Tragedy, Hope and Triumph in Tuscaloosa • Amazon $19.86 1 $19.86
Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold • Amazon $17.72 1 $17.72
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance • Amazon $16.45 1 $16.45
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League • Amazon $16.20 1 $16.20
The Breeders • Amazon $14.39 1 $14.39
Caged Warrior • Amazon $13.57 1 $13.57
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 • Amazon $13.15 1 $13.15
American Sniper [Movie Tie-in Edition]: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History • Amazon $12.96 1 $12.96
Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream • Amazon $12.76 1 $12.76
Rain Reign • Amazon $12.15 1 $12.15
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon $12.02 1 $12.02
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America • Amazon $11.48 1 $11.48
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison • Amazon $9.48 1 $9.48
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon $9.34 1 $9.34
Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West • Amazon $8.52 1 $8.52
If I Stay • Amazon $6.01 1 $6.01
Night • Amazon $6.00 1 $6.00
Number the Stars • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71

Materials cost

$258.32

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.87

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$292.19

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$51.56

Total project goal

$343.75

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$343.75

5 Donors

-$341.99

Donations toward project cost

-$292.19

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$49.80

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

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$0.00

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