My students need 20 copies of "A Secret Gift" and 23 copies of "Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House".
Can you imagine what it feels like to be a child and not own 1 single book? This is the world my students live in. When they get home,they do not have any books to practice reading with. Nor do they see parents reading in the home to help motivate them to read.
My students are African American and Hispanic students who live in a high poverty neighborhood in Dallas.
The neighborhood is also drug and crime infested. Our school is a Title I school with more than 90% of students on free lunch. Our school was just rated academically unacceptable by the state for the second time. Many of their parents do not have a high school education or speak English. Every year, reading is the area where they score the lowest on the state test. Some of the students that come to our school have repeated a grade level,have behavior problems, or are not where they should be academically. It is time for this to change. Many of our students are neglected, have emotional problems, or are being taken care of by their grandparents or siblings. Teachers get little parent support. These students require a lot of love, patience, and attention but are a joy to work with.
I am requesting 43 "I can read" level 1 books for my students to have at home. The girls will be getting a story about My Little Ponies ,and the boys will be getting a scary mystery. The students get to practice reading the books which will improve their reading skills and prepare them for the upper grades. The students will also get to read for pleasure and see how fun it is to read. Having these books will make them eager to read.
This project is so important because it gives each student a nice book to take home to read and improve their literacy skills.
Many families are unable to buy books because they have to spend their money on other expenses. Please help me foster my students' love for reading.
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