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  • $550 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Mr. Adell
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 11 donors
  • $0 still needed

Books Books And More Books!!!

My students need as wide of a variety of reading materials as possible. I have asked for 45 books. The reading program I have implemented requires as much diversity in reading material as possible!

My Students

It's very simple, kids need to READ. Of course implementation is not always so simple, but with your help my already decent sized classroom library will receive a much needed upgrade. We are using a program called Accelerated Reader to enable students to take control of their reading lives.

I teach in one of the most densely crowded urban areas in the country.

There are about 1300 students in a school built for 650. Our students are mostly on free lunch, well over 90 percent, and our resources have mostly dried up, as at many other schools around the country. While we do face obstacles, our population is nothing if not resilient and while no one enjoys doing more with less, that has essentially been our experience for the past few years.

My Project

Currently few of my students have a rich and rewarding independent reading life outside of school. They definitely have the time to develop their taste for literature, but what they lack is the guidance and the resources, which is where I come in! And you as well! By having students follow closely to the principles of building independent readers, by the end of this school year I will have raised the reading level by one year of at least 90 per cent of my students. They are allowed freedom in what to read, but they must read books that are "just right",which usually means slightly above their current reading level so that they can be challenged. The joy of losing yourself in a story is well known, not to mention the academic benefits of acquiring the habits of a good reader. All throughout their academic lives and for some throughout their careers they will have to read, analyze and understand reading material. The software holds them accountable and reading circles inspire them.

After spending a year with me, in a safe environment, where reading is a valued activity, students will begin to change.

They will become more thoughtful, as they begin to discuss what they are reading during class time. So many of my students are a year or two behind in their reading levels that by the time they get to high school many times it is too late for them to independently read a science textbook for example. When the new library and program are in place, I know I can make big changes.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. • Amazon $11.79 3 $35.37
Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe (4th Edition) • Amazon $11.66 3 $34.98
Of Mice and Men • Amazon $8.79 3 $26.37
Ender's Game Graphic Novel • Amazon $17.52 1 $17.52
Eyewitness Civil War (DK Eyewitness Books) • Amazon $15.29 1 $15.29
Surfing Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Wave Riding • Amazon $13.47 1 $13.47
DK Eyewitness Books: World War I • Amazon $12.98 1 $12.98
DK Eyewitness Books: World War II • Amazon $12.98 1 $12.98
Guardians: The Girl (The Guardians Series, Book 1) (Volume 1) • Amazon $12.49 1 $12.49
Zom-B Angels • Amazon $11.70 1 $11.70
Zom-B City (Zom-B, Book 3) • Amazon $11.41 1 $11.41
Zom-B Underground • Amazon $11.19 1 $11.19
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel • Amazon $11.18 1 $11.18
Revealed (House of Night) • Amazon $10.93 1 $10.93
Skateboarding: Book of Tricks (Start-Up Sports) • Amazon $10.40 1 $10.40
The Soulkeepers • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99
Animal Farm • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
City of the Snakes • Amazon $8.80 1 $8.80
The Mind Readers (The Mind Readers Series) (Volume 1) • Amazon $8.55 1 $8.55
Zom-B • Amazon $8.27 1 $8.27
Treasure Island: The Graphic Novel (Puffin Graphics) • Amazon $8.13 1 $8.13
Night • Amazon $8.13 1 $8.13
The Odyssey (Barron's Graphic Classics) • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy: A Greek Legend (Graphic Myths & Legends) • Amazon $8.06 1 $8.06
The Book Thief • Amazon $7.79 1 $7.79
Hercules: The Twelve Labors: A Greek Myth (Graphic Myths & Legends) • Amazon $7.65 1 $7.65
Perseus: The Hunt for Medusa's Head : A Greek Myth (Graphic Myths and Legends) • Amazon $7.65 1 $7.65
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon $7.49 1 $7.49
The Martian Chronicles • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Looking for Alaska • Amazon $6.31 1 $6.31
Procession of the Dead (The City) • Amazon $5.20 1 $5.20
Dracula (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon $4.95 1 $4.95
How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life • Amazon $4.80 1 $4.80
The Illustrated Guide To Snowboarding • Amazon $4.00 1 $4.00
Frankenstein (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon $2.25 1 $2.25
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon $2.25 1 $2.25
The Invisible Man (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon $2.25 1 $2.25
The Alchemist • Amazon $0.25 1 $0.25
The Skin I'm In • Amazon $0.01 1 $0.01

Materials cost

$395.31

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$36.17

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.93

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$467.41

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$82.48

Total project goal

$549.89

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$549.89

9 Donors

-$415.31

Donations toward project cost

-$362.01

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$53.30

Matching donations from our partners

-$124.00

Match offers toward project cost

-$105.40

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.60

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$10.58

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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11 donors11 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 125 students.

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