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Ms. Heston from Glenolden PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Help Me Understand Myself and Understand the World

Help me give my students every opportunity to see themselves in the books that they read. "The Hate U Give," "The House on Mango Street," and more are relevant to the world today.

  • $295 goal

This project expired on April 11, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are creative, lively, and full of personality. They want to learn, and they will jump into their lessons very quickly. With that being said, some of our supplies and resources are not in good condition. We are a Title I school, and many of the students rely on the school for a free breakfast and lunch. They do not have many of the opportunities that other members of the Delaware County community have. Despite these disadvantages, they are willing to work hard in order to improve their future.

One of the best ways for me to help my students achieve that better future is by teaching them reading skills.

I want to help prepare them for high school by exposing them to texts that they will encounter in the future. By learning the necessary reading skills now, I am hoping to prepare them for what is to come. This is why I strive to provide them with reading material that will challenge and engage them.

My Project

When I first began working at my school, I was shocked at how little my students read. As a result of this, I decided to assign reading homework to my students every night. They must read a minimum of 20 pages a night, which means that my students end up reading many books throughout the year aside from what we read in the classroom. I need to constantly replenish my classroom library. This means that I am constantly scouring book sales for new books to keep my library fresh and to replace lost or sometimes destroyed books. Unfortunately, many of the book sales do not feature books that showcase representation. The majority of my students are minority students. I feel that it is imperative that all of my students can find books that speak to them, whether that be through similar cultural backgrounds or through similar life experiences.

In addition to seeing parts of themselves in the books they read, I want the books to also encourage them to think deeply about the world around them.

What truths do these characters identify about themselves or about the stereotypes that can suffocate them? How can a single person help change the world? My students are so limited in their scope of the world due to socioeconomic issues that are beyond their control. Books are a gateway to new thinking and new understanding.

Ms. Heston
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.98 3 $26.94
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $11.38 2 $22.76
The Crossover • AKJ Education $10.78 2 $21.56
The House on Mango Street • AKJ Education $8.37 2 $16.74
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $6.99 2 $13.98
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $6.99 2 $13.98
Speak • AKJ Education $6.98 2 $13.96
Night • AKJ Education $6.97 2 $13.94
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
1984 • AKJ Education $5.98 2 $11.96
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $10.15 1 $10.15
Monster • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
A Raisin in the Sun (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.57 1 $5.57

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