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Ms. Coffin from Decatur GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

Breaking Barriers, Breaking Book Spines

We need a range of books for our 9th-grade literature classroom!

  • $845 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

About My Students

I have the distinct pleasure of teaching all ninth-grade students this year. One unique aspect of my students is that they are from all over the world, ranging from Madagascar to Haiti to South Africa to Argentina and some were born and raised here and have never left. I also have students across the LGBTQ spectrum and am lucky to teach in a district that helps foster a safe environment for everywhere.

I am honored to learn so much from my students, and I would really like to ensure that they feel reflected in the literature I offer in class. I would love to add to my classroom library to encourage students to read independently, but more importantly, to help them see themselves in the literature they read.

I am trying to create a classroom environment where students are independently reading books of interest on a daily basis. I have a range of Lexile-levels in my classroom and students from all over the world. Some are refugees, some are immigrants, some are natives, but they all learn from each other and I want to make sure that the books in my classroom reflect their diversity, develop empathy, and help them feel seen and heard. Students are reading these novels daily and creating projects that they present to their peers to encourage each other to read even more. Each book is a step toward my goal! Thank you.

In Their Own Words

My goal is to fill up my library shelves so that my students are able to find a book to love. Currently, I only have about 50 books available and would like to make sure that students have enough variety. The book selection here is based on their interest as well as Peach Award Nominees from the past.

To read a variety of books and present them to my peers to encourage their love of reading as well as my own. Presentations will range from songs, poems, slideshows, dances, paintings, food, etc. to help show understanding and comprehension and pass along a recommendation to a peer this year and in the future.

To create a mentorship community within the 9th grade to foster a culture of reading no matter the background. To take away the fear of reading. Students will write reviews of the novels and leave them with the books so that students in the future can read reviews and find a book they can connect with as well.

Ms. Coffin
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Complete Stories • Amazon Business $30.59 1 $30.59
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 2 $22.78
Winger • Amazon Business $9.55 2 $19.10
Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else (A Poetry Speaks Experience) • Amazon Business $18.86 1 $18.86
Going to the Mountain: Life Lessons from My Grandfather, Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $17.68 1 $17.68
Bindi: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.10 1 $17.10
What If It's Us • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Cujo: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.00 1 $17.00
All the Bright Places • Amazon Business $8.24 2 $16.48
Jailbird: A Novel • Amazon Business $16.42 1 $16.42
Half of a Yellow Sun • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Galapagos: A Novel (Delta Fiction) • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works • Amazon Business $14.60 1 $14.60
Americanah • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Welcome to the Monkey House, The Special Edition • Amazon Business $14.26 1 $14.26
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
The Sirens of Titan: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Bluebeard: A Novel (Delta Fiction) • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Practical Magic • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
The Hobbit • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Running with Lions • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Homegoing • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Breakfast of Champions: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Exit West: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Unwind (Unwind Dystology) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
the witch doesn't burn in this one • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Cat's Cradle: A Novel • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy) • Amazon Business $11.31 1 $11.31
Moonhead and the Music Machine [Graphic Novel] • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series) • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
As You Wish • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
The Help • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
The Final Four • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Splendors and Glooms • Amazon Business $6.54 1 $6.54
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Boy21 • Amazon Business $5.50 1 $5.50

Materials cost

$634.56

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$43.78

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.52

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$717.86

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$126.68

Total project goal

$844.54

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$844.54

9 Donors

-$378.77

Donations toward project cost

-$333.21

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.56

match offer

-$452.53

Match offer toward project cost

-$384.65

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$67.88

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$13.24

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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