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Mrs. Nealy from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books to Blaze Trails and Build Bridges!

My students need current, diverse novels and nonfiction texts to help them sustain a passion for reading and escape from the reality of Houston post-Hurricane Harvey.

  • $999 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Ninety percent of YES Prep students are first-generation college bound. Eighty percent of YES Prep students are economically disadvantaged. Ninety-five percent of YES Prep students are Hispanic or African American. Most students enter YES at least one grade level behind in reading. These may seem like dismal statistics. But...

ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of YES graduating seniors are accepted into four-year colleges.

YES stands for Youth Engaged in Service. Not only do my students have longer school hours, but they volunteer regularly in the Houston community. Because of this unique supplement of volunteerism to our curriculum, not only do our students go off to college, but they come back to Houston after graduation and give back to the community. YES is transforming the face of Houston education, one child at a time, and we are proving that any child can learn.

My Project

My students love to read and will quickly devour a good book. Our school library is pretty small, and our students are constantly looking for something new or different to read. With only twelve books in my classroom library, my options for book recommendations are also limited; therefore, with my students' interests in mind, I compiled a wish-list of several award-winning and/or highly rated novels and nonfiction books sure to catch my students' attention.

Reading provides a much needed escape from the harsh reality many of my students are living in after the devastation left by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

By increasing my classroom library, I hope to increase each student's opportunities to blaze trails of success!

Mrs. Nealy
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Humans of New York : Stories • Amazon Business $18.32 1 $18.32
The Complete Game: Reflections on Baseball and the Art of Pitching • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Back from the Dead • Amazon Business $15.66 1 $15.66
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.60 1 $15.60
Genuine Fraud • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
The Kingdom of Little Wounds • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Lucy and Linh • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
March: Book One • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
Half the World (Shattered Sea) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Where the Bird Sings Best • Amazon Business $12.67 1 $12.67
Neighborhood Girls • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Wicked Like a Wildfire • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Girl at War: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.27 1 $12.27
The Barbarian Nurseries: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
If I Was Your Girl • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
The Nightingale: A Novel • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Confessions • Amazon Business $11.34 1 $11.34
So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
The Martian • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Rani Patel In Full Effect • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
The Moor's Account • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Everything I Never Told You • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
Scrappy Little Nobody • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
Darcy Swipes Left (OMG Classics) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
This Is How You Lose Her • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
The Bitter Side of Sweet • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
This One Summer • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
Salt to the Sea • Amazon Business $9.41 1 $9.41
Highly Illogical Behavior • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Wolf in White Van: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
The Passion of Dolssa • Amazon Business $9.22 1 $9.22
Parrot in the Oven: Mi vida • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Queen of America: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Bellweather Rhapsody • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
Why We Broke Up • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Be More Chill • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
Nothing • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
The Carnival at Bray • Amazon Business $8.41 1 $8.41
Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Where Things Come Back • Amazon Business $8.07 1 $8.07
Replica • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
And We Stay • Amazon Business $7.90 1 $7.90
Revolver • Amazon Business $7.85 1 $7.85
Navigating Early • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
Maggot Moon • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Midwinterblood • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Jasper Jones • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
The Steep and Thorny Way • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Please Ignore Vera Dietz • Amazon Business $7.35 1 $7.35
Those Who Wish Me Dead • Amazon Business $7.14 1 $7.14
Voices in the Park • Amazon Business $7.13 1 $7.13
The Scorpio Races • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
The Ghosts of Heaven • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Grasshopper Jungle • Amazon Business $6.86 1 $6.86
I'll Give You the Sun • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Words in the Dust • Amazon Business $6.66 1 $6.66
Ship Breaker • Amazon Business $6.58 1 $6.58
The Emperor of Any Place • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
The Red Umbrella • Amazon Business $6.38 1 $6.38
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks • Amazon Business $6.24 1 $6.24
Bone Gap • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
The Serpent King • Amazon Business $4.34 1 $4.34

Materials cost

$806.34

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.10

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$848.44

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$149.72

Total project goal

$998.16

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$998.16

13 Donors

-$977.46

Donations toward project cost

-$831.44

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$146.02

match offer

-$20.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$17.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.70

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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