I teach 8th grade English at a high-poverty school. My students are well below grade level in reading.
Research overwhelmingly indicates that students become better readers when they are able to choose books that interest them on their reading level. Yet, my students have no classroom library.
I am committed to changing this situation for my students. I have secured an assessment system so that I will be able to match students to books at their level. Through generous donations, I have secured many books to form a classroom library. What I am missing now are bookshelves on which we can store and organize our new library. Having shelves with books on them in our classroom will enable students to quickly and easily go to the section that is appropriate to their levels, choose books in which they are interested, and then return them and find another when they and finished. Without this library, students will have no guidance in choosing the books that are right for them, and the inefficiencies of having to visit libraries outside of the classroom will mean that students read less and therefore fall further behind over the course of the year.
Your help will ensure that each of my students can catch up to the appropriate reading level in time for high school, keeping them from getting overwhelmed and discouraged. You can help give them a sense of academic growth and achievement that they have not experienced before. And you can help them develop a life-long love for reading and learning. I am grateful for your time and consideration.
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