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Ms. Curran from Hartford CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books That Interest Us!

Help me give my students books that peak their interest, at their level, that THEY want to read!

  • $676 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My ninth grade English students are unique individuals that come from diverse backgrounds. As a low-income, high poverty urban school, my students arrive at our school from diverse backgrounds and circumstances. We have students who have come from approximately 30 different countries and speak at least 23 separate languages. They bring with them their own personalities, histories, and interests that help make our classroom community an energetic place. While my students face multitudes of hardships, their resiliency is inspiring and motivates me to work hard for them. Whether it is through more materials, unique learning experiences, or simple supports, my goal is to do whatever I can to support them.

What makes these students so amazing is their positive attitudes, motivation to improve, and the ability to use their differences as ways to teach each other.

Every year we work together towards group and individual goals to develop ourselves as better readers, writers, students, and humans. On paper, my job as their teacher is to provide them with the literary skills they need to be successful in our world, but I find that through our journey together it grows into so much more.

My Project

My students are always looking for new books to read and discuss! Each day we start our class with our own Accountable Independent Reading books. These books are chosen by my students themselves and are used as companions with our regular lessons and central text in class. For many students, this is a way to welcome them into the classroom and allow them to learn the content of the course by reading something they want to read! However, if there aren't books that interest them, it can create a barrier for many students and cause them to not want to come to class. This is why we need more books!

All of these books were selected by my students!

Mystery books, collections of poetry, and books that relate to their own life experiences are always being requested in class! My students spent time compiling a list of books they had heard about, seen others read, or found through a quick internet search. My hope is that by expanding our library with these books, it will not only create an opportunity for disengaged students to find an entry point into our class, but will also be a place to build a deeper relationship from teacher to student and peer to peer.

Ms. Curran
Grades 9-12
  • HPHS Law and Government Academy
  • Hartford, CT
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Sonya Sones Collection: One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies; What My Mother Doesn't Know; What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know • Amazon Business $29.20 1 $29.20
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $12.32 2 $24.64
Asylum 3-Book Box Set: Asylum, Sanctum, Catacomb • Amazon Business $20.97 1 $20.97
Words on Bathroom Walls • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
We Are Okay • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Campfire • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
Illegal • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Blended • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You • Amazon Business $13.20 1 $13.20
Rippler: Book One in the Ripple Series • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
After the Shot Drops • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Girl in the Picture • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
Running with Lions • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
The War Outside • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Fake Blood • Amazon Business $12.28 1 $12.28
Refugee • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
What If It's Us • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Welcome Home • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Six Months Later • Amazon Business $10.14 1 $10.14
180 Seconds • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
When I Was the Greatest • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Whatever Happened to Janie? (The Face on the Milk Carton Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Voice on the Radio (The Face on the Milk Carton Series) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Confessions: The Private School Murders • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Face on the Milk Carton (The Face on the Milk Carton Series) • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
What Janie Found (The Face on the Milk Carton Series) • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Janie Face to Face (The Face on the Milk Carton Series) • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Dead Girls Don't Lie • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Ten • Amazon Business $9.36 1 $9.36
The Upside of Falling Down • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
There's Someone Inside Your House • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Million-Dollar Throw • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Batboy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hero • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Heat • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
QB 1 • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
The Big Field • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
A Walk to Remember • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Confessions of a Murder Suspect • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
They Never Came Back • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Extraordinary Means • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77

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