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

Bored and Bookless

My students need high-interest books for an easy access classroom library so they can read at home.

  • $514 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember the joy a story read by your parents could bring? Most of my students don't. Don't you love picking up a good book to relax for the evening? Most of my students don't. Most of my students think reading is boring. With these books in our class library, we can prove them wrong!

I teach in an urban high school.

The majority of my students are low SES and are English Language Learners. So many have to work for basic needs that they have neither the time to go to the library nor the money to purchase books. They don't know what they should be choosing to read, and they asked if I could help them out by having a collection available in my classroom for them.

My Project

"So what can I do to help you all understand conflict and plot better?" I asked. "We need to read more at home," my students replied. When my students requested an additional reading assignment to be done at home every six weeks, I just about fainted from shock. I am not accustomed to students showing so much initiative, especially when it comes to reading. My students didn't grow up with many books in their homes. Most of my students have a couple to no books in English at their houses. If their one stipulation for the project was that I help them choose the books and have them ready for them to check out, I was bound and determined not to let that serve as an obstacle. I need your help to update our classroom library. Having an engaging classroom library with the latest and greatest titles will not only set an example of what is important. It will empower my students to become more literate. It will set the stage for lifelong learning, for a lifetime of reading.

In an urban setting, the choices for what to do after school are not always the most positive of experiences.

With your generosity and help in acquiring these titles, my students will not only learn that reading can be fun, they will learn that reading is essential in understanding others and their situations. Please give my students the opportunity that many of their parents could not due to circumstances beyond their control. You making a difference can make my students readers for life!

Mrs. Bence
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 55 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $7.68 3 $23.04
Mockingjay (Hunger Games Series #3) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $9.99 1 $9.99
Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) Suzanne Collins • Barnes and Noble $9.99 1 $9.99
The Summer I Turned Pretty Jenny Han • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Twilight Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
New Moon Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
Muchacho LouAnne Johnson • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
The Book Thief Markus Zusak • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
Stitches David Small • Barnes and Noble $10.90 1 $10.90
Flash Burnout L. K. Madigan • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
Hate List Jennifer Brown • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Ash Malinda Lo • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Hold Still Nina LaCour • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2) Maggie Stiefvater • Barnes and Noble $9.99 1 $9.99
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie Maggie Stiefvater • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #1) Maggie Stiefvater • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception Maggie Stiefvater • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Going Bovine Libba Bray • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith Deborah Heiligman • Barnes and Noble $12.95 1 $12.95
The Monstrumologist (Monstrumologist Series) Rick Yancey • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Punkzilla Adam Rapp • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973 John Barnes • Barnes and Noble $12.98 1 $12.98
Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
The Demon's Lexicon (Demon's Lexicon Trilogy Series #1) Sarah Rees Brennan • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
The Demon's Covenant (Demon's Lexicon Trilogy Series #2) Sarah Rees Brennan • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Because I Am Furniture Thalia Chaltas • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Lost Jacqueline Davies • Barnes and Noble $13.79 1 $13.79
After Francine Prose • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
If I Stay Gayle Forman • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Soul Enchilada David Macinnis Gill • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn Alison Goodman • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder Julie Halpern • Barnes and Noble $13.79 1 $13.79
No More Us for You David Hernandez • Barnes and Noble $13.79 1 $13.79
Jumping Off Swings Jo Knowles • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Liar Justine Larbalestier • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
We Were Here Matt de la Pena • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
How to Say Goodbye in Robot Natalie Standiford • Barnes and Noble $14.61 1 $14.61

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