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Ms. Smith from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books & Nooks So Our Reading Cooks!

My students need 30 independent reading book titles from "Unbelievable" to "If I Stay" to continue to increase their motivation and love for reading, and to set them on the pathway to becoming lifelong readers.

  • $416 goal

This project expired on April 5, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Frederick Douglas equated reading with freedom. He knew, just like many of us avid readers, that reading not only transports us to different worlds, but literally liberates us as we become more educated. I crave this type of liberation for my scholars!

Although words cannot describe the Class of 2016, I am going to attempt the impossible.

If I had to use one word to encapsulate this group, that word would be AMAZING! Have you ever watched a miracle unfold before you, one that caused your mouth to drop open in awe? I am quite fortunate because I get to experience this each and every day when I interact with my scholars. Many of them live far below the poverty line, almost all of them will be the first in their family to graduate from college, 25% of them speak a language other than English at home, and all of them come to school each and every day, looking at us to fulfill the promise of a high quality, no excuses, the sky is the limit, educational experience. These scholars attend a school where the days are longer, the school year is longer, and the work ethic is unwavering. They and their families make this commitment because they are determined to walk across a college graduation stage and create a legacy for their families.

My Project

Picture twenty to twenty-five students sitting in a room, turning the pages of their respective books, in a peaceful, relaxing environment, for thirty straight minutes. Now, multiply that by four. This is the scene that I am a part of everyday. Imagine the sighs of satisfaction as these same scholars finish a book-for many of them, their first book ever. Visualize them sharing what they have read with their teammates, with their teachers, with their families, and with their neighbors. With the new books we are requesting, this cycle of magic could continue for the entire school year. These books will be used to fortify our classroom library, and become the literary building blocks to create a strong foundation for learning in our classroom. Vocabularies will increase, smiles will widen, and the love for reading will be realized as my scholars are exposed to interesting texts. My scholars will use these books to practice reading strategies, reflect, and discuss great literature.

Do you remember the exact moment you picked up a book you could not put down?

Do you recall the feeling of elation as you read the very last word, on the very last page, of that book? And then you were hooked! And reading became like a reliable friend-one you could go to to make you laugh, cry, cringe, and feel! Some of my students have experienced this literary ecstasy, and some are yet to feel that spark. Your contribution to this project will be embraced by myself and my scholars forever.

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

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Day My Butt Went Psycho! Andy Griffiths • Barnes and Noble $3.49 1 $3.49
Zombie Butts from Uranus! Andy Griffiths • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5) Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $7.28 1 $7.28
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $31.12 1 $31.12
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 2: And Here My Troubles Began Art Spiegelman • Barnes and Noble $10.54 1 $10.54
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 1: My Father Bleeds History Art Spiegelman, Tom Engelhardt (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $9.78 1 $9.78
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale Art Spiegelman, Fred Jordon (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $23.94 1 $23.94
The Devil's Arithmetic Jane Yolen • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas John Boyne • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid (Tales from the Crypt Series #8) David Gerrold, Stefan Petrucha, Rob Vollmar, Jim Salicrup, John L. Lansdale • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
The Vampire Diaries #1-2: The Awakening and The Struggle L. J. Smith • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
The Vampire Diaries #3-4: The Fury and Dark Reunion L. J. Smith • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries Series #1) L. J. Smith, Kevin Williamson • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Nightfall (Vampire Diaries: The Return Series #1) L. J. Smith • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Shadow Souls (Vampire Diaries: The Return Series #2) L. J. Smith • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Twilight Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $13.67 1 $13.67
New Moon Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
Simpsons Comics Extravaganza Matt Groening, Cindy Vance (Editor), Jason Grode (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck • Barnes and Noble $7.69 1 $7.69
Beautiful Darkness Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl • Barnes and Noble $9.99 1 $9.99
Twelfth Grade Kills (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series #5) Heather Brewer • Barnes and Noble $9.43 1 $9.43
Wanted (Pretty Little Liars Series #8) Sara Shepard • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars Series #1) Sara Shepard • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Flawless (Pretty Little Liars Series #2) Sara Shepard • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Perfect (Pretty Little Liars Series #3) Sara Shepard • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Unbelievable (Pretty Little Liars Series #4) Sara Shepard • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1) Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $4.25 1 $4.25
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
If I Stay Gayle Forman • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68

Materials cost

$287.53

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$26.31

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.31

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$353.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$62.32

Total project goal

$415.47

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$415.47

1 Donor

-$176.57

Donations toward project cost

-$176.57

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$207.74

Match offer toward project cost

-$176.58

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$31.16

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$31.16

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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