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Mr. Krempel from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Boring Books Suck

Help me give my students the high interest, riveting, diverse classroom library that they deserve. We're trying to make our Silent Sustained Reading sessions as dynamic as possible!

  • $789 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students this year are so curious, powerful, and hungry to grow as readers! After two years of distance learning as a result of COVID, my students (mostly 12th grade and an AP Lit class) have come back to school with the best mindet that I have seen in years being an educator. There are days when I have to pinch myself, because the discussion and thinking just seems to be moving to a new level.

While my students don't lack for innate brilliance, they do lack for consistent access to high interest, lexile-varied texts to foster their reading skills.

Our West Baltimore school is in a high-poverty, disinvested neighborhood. In short, there just isn't enough systemic money being invested in class libraries.

I recently surveyed my classes to see what kinds of books and topics they'd be most interested in reading. Let me tell you--they were enthusiastic JUST TO BE ASKED. These are my students. They deserve the world.

My Project

Research shows that Silent Sustained Reading (SSR)/Independent Reading is one of--if not THE--most effective ways for students to grow their vocabulary, develop deep thinking and literacy skills, and improve scores on state standardized tests. This is true despite state education systems inexplicably moving away from these tried and true practices.

This year, guided by research and intuition, I am going hard in the paint on Independent Reading.

This is going to be an intentional (not unplanned mishmash) time every day for students to self-select a text that is of interest to them, read it deeply, and engage in book talks and writing around it.

That's where this project comes in. Without high interest, diverse, and lexile-varied texts to read, my precious students would have to read the boring, falling apart hand-me-downs from the 1980s that gather dust in our storage rooms. If that happens, nothing good happens.

Students will be reading these engaging novels, biographies, and non-fiction books in the classroom, but will also be able to take them home if they're that hooked!

Mr. Krempel
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 70 students.

56 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dread Nation • Amazon Business $10.99 6 $65.94
[By Mark Manson] The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Paperback) by Mark Manson (Author) (Paperback) • Amazon Business $10.68 5 $53.40
The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America • Amazon Business $15.79 3 $47.37
The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
You: A Novel (1) (The You Series) • Amazon Business $12.75 3 $38.25
It's OK to Feel Things Deeply: (Uplifting Book for Women; Feel-Good Gift for Women; Books to Help Cope with Anxiety and Depression) • Amazon Business $9.34 4 $37.36
The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution • Amazon Business $17.47 2 $34.94
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Last Shot: Mystery at the Final Four (The Sports Beat, 1) • Amazon Business $7.59 3 $22.77
Monster • Amazon Business $10.40 2 $20.80
The Black Flamingo • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
The Merciless • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
The Girl from the Well • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, 1) • Amazon Business $7.83 2 $15.66
Blood of Elves (The Witcher, 1) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Warcross • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Felix Ever After • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Queen's Gambit: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
There's Someone Inside Your House • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Carrie • Amazon Business $5.94 1 $5.94

Materials cost

$595.19

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

Sales tax

$35.71

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.93

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$669.83

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$118.21

Total project goal

$788.04

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$788.04

1 Donor

-$773.62

Donations toward project cost

-$669.83

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$103.79

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.42

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$0.00

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