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Mr. Mason from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Build a Library and Reading Revolution

Help me give my students what they need to become interested and devoted readers, but also critical thinkers and lovers of the learning process. Help me give them a world they were never told they had access to.

  • $610 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school serves students who often come from lower income homes where, unfortunately, reading at a young age was not made a priority in lieu of other, more survival focused, needs of the household. Therefore, my students are coming to our school at a disadvantage of their more affluent neighbors (parts of Glendale are wealthy, but the students we serve often come from surrounding communities left out of economic progress/success zones). I have built a modest classroom library using donated books, and while I've filled in some of the gaps of my library from my own personal resources, there is still a long way to go.

Our students are willing learners without access to the resources they need to reach their full potential.

The majority of the students we serve do not have access to quality books, and the English department at my school is attempting a cross grade level program to inspire these students to develop a love of reading through access to quality books. The issue is that our resources are limited.

We hope to create a generous library of resources with a wide variety of texts to give students a chance to learn how to love learning.

My Project

The other English teachers and myself have agreed, for the first time, to build a unified front against illiteracy and low interest in reading. We are working with each other to start a reading campaign from day 1 to give students access to high quality books in a variety of genres and reading levels to promote a culture of reading, stories, and literature.

Students need to feel like they belong to the world, and reading is a way to access a world many of these students never knew they had access to because of their background.

We hope to give them a way towards the larger world, and a love of literature.

Mr. Mason
Grades 9-12
  • Alliance Levine Envir Science High School
  • Los Angeles, CA
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Chronicles of Narnia Collector's Edition (Radio Theatre) • Amazon Business $54.59 1 $54.59
Gut Check: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Maze Runner • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
A Heart in a Body in the World • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Midnight Beauties (Grim Lovelies) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Damsel • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
SHOUT • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
Auggie & Me Three Wonder Stories • AKJ Education $9.99 1 $9.99
House of Salt and Sorrows • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow Series) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
The Crossover • AKJ Education $9.38 1 $9.38
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $9.31 1 $9.31
Twisted • Amazon Business $9.05 1 $9.05
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.97 1 $8.97
Catalyst • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
The House on Mango Street • AKJ Education $8.37 1 $8.37
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Divergent (Divergent Series) • Amazon Business $7.20 1 $7.20
The Giver • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Hatchet • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Holes • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Phantom Tollbooth • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Speak • AKJ Education $6.14 1 $6.14
Maniac Magee • AKJ Education $5.60 1 $5.60
Love That Dog • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Frindle • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Freak the Mighty • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Among The Hidden • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Because of Mr. Terupt • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The Lemonade War • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.38 1 $5.38
The Indian in the Cupboard • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
The Diary of a Young Girl • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
The Tiger Rising • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
Poppy • AKJ Education $4.62 1 $4.62
My Name Is Maria Isabel • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
Freckle Juice • AKJ Education $4.19 1 $4.19
Jackie Robinson and the Story of All Black Baseball • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49

Materials cost

$441.39

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$40.39

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.62

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$518.40

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$91.48

Total project goal

$609.88

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$609.88

5 Donors

-$395.88

Donations toward project cost

-$336.50

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$59.38

match offer

-$214.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$181.90

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$32.10

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$0.00

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