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I am seeking funding for gift certificates my students will use at the Strand Bookstore at Christmas time. I am a Middle School Special Education teacher in East Harlem and I try each year to expand the exposure my students have to educational venues within their own city. All of my students come from financially challenged homes and introducing them to venues that require little or no money is crucial to their education. The first English Language Arts learning standard is for students to independently read 25 books during the school year. Last year 9 of my students completed this goal; only 5 other students throughout the school (in general education classes!) completed the required amount. I believe that if the students were able to \"buy\" their own books, it would inspire them to reach the goal. The Strand Bookstore is a wonderful place to get lost in the multitudes of genres of books and their prices are significantly lower than other retail stores. I plan on taking the students to visit the Strand Bookstore as a class field trip and without having the funds to buy them each a book, I feel it would be the same as asking them to just look inside a candy store. For Christmas this year I would love to have each of the students choose books they were interested in and KEEP them as part of a growing personal home library. Thank you in advance for helping to foster life long readers and learners within each of my students.
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