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Mr. Eletz from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Better Classroom Library

My students need a variety of high interest classic novels, graphic novels, and other challenging books for our classroom library.

  • $793 goal

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My Students

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” --Charlie Jones Which book changed your life in high school? Help a group of students find joy in reading and literature by funding a growing classroom library.

I teach in a strong neighborhood school in Brooklyn.

My students come from a wide variety of ethnic and academic backgrounds, and in my English classes, I have the widest possible spectrum of students. Over half are Hispanic, and 82% receive free lunch. They range from grades 10-12, and have a huge range of academic abilities. Some of my students will spend next year in competitive universities, and some struggle to find compelling reasons to attend academic classes every day. As I stated above, I have a wide variety of students in my classroom, from reluctant readers, to avid consumers of young adult fiction, and even mature pre-AP readers who need highly challenging adult texts. I've tried to select a wide variety of reading materials that will engage many of the emerging and growing readers in my classes.

My Project

My tenth grade double period English classes start most days with fifteen minutes of independent reading. Students are allowed to check one book at a time out from our classroom library to take home with them. Students are responsible for book talks and visual reviews once per semester to encourage others to read books they've enjoyed. Sadly, classroom surveys indicate that few of my students have extensive libraries at home or visit neighborhood libraries regularly. Help me bring engaging literature and a love of reading to them.

When I arrived, I inherited a small, outdated, and somewhat dusty library from a previous teacher.

Many of my books were either age-inappropriate, bland, or falling apart. Please help me make sure that our texts are highly engaging and challenging for all of my students. I want my kids to understand that reading can be not just enlightening, but genuinely enjoyable--even life changing. Your donation can help me do that.

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Mr. Eletz
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 95 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon $50.26 1 $50.26
Chronicles of Narnia Box Set • Amazon $31.49 1 $31.49
The Giver Quartet boxed set • Amazon $28.96 1 $28.96
The Maze Runner Series (Maze Runner) • Amazon $23.98 1 $23.98
Art That Changed the World • Amazon $23.20 1 $23.20
Infinity Gauntlet • Amazon $22.49 1 $22.49
Civil War • Amazon $19.07 1 $19.07
Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth • Amazon $16.51 1 $16.51
Roots: The Saga of an American Family • Amazon $16.27 1 $16.27
March: Book Two • Amazon $15.88 1 $15.88
X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga • Amazon $15.80 1 $15.80
Feynman • Amazon $15.03 1 $15.03
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel • Amazon $14.95 1 $14.95
The Harlem Hellfighters • Amazon $14.13 1 $14.13
The Silence of Our Friends • Amazon $13.58 1 $13.58
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb • Amazon $13.01 1 $13.01
X-Men: Days of Future Past • Amazon $12.53 1 $12.53
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) • Amazon $12.51 1 $12.51
A Man Named Dave • Amazon $12.37 1 $12.37
Paper Towns • Amazon $5.94 2 $11.88
I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson • Amazon $11.56 1 $11.56
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics) • Amazon $11.49 1 $11.49
The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks • Amazon $11.48 1 $11.48
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: (Great Books edition) (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) • Amazon $11.37 1 $11.37
The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter • Amazon $11.37 1 $11.37
Eleanor & Park • Amazon $11.20 1 $11.20
Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) • Amazon $11.07 1 $11.07
Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel • Amazon $10.94 1 $10.94
Frostbite: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) • Amazon $10.77 1 $10.77
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns • Amazon $10.26 1 $10.26
March: Book One • Amazon $9.40 1 $9.40
Darwin: A Graphic Biography • Amazon $9.13 1 $9.13
Cat's Cradle: A Novel • Amazon $9.12 1 $9.12
Never Let Me Go • Amazon $9.01 1 $9.01
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic • Amazon $8.44 1 $8.44
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive • Amazon $8.14 1 $8.14
Slam! • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
Fallen Angels • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
Batman: Year One • Amazon $7.70 1 $7.70
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! • Amazon $7.50 1 $7.50
Thirteen Reasons Why • Amazon $6.87 1 $6.87
American Born Chinese • Amazon $6.41 1 $6.41
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy • Amazon $6.00 1 $6.00
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values • Amazon $6.00 1 $6.00
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk Classics) • Amazon $5.18 1 $5.18
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon $4.05 1 $4.05
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn • Amazon $4.05 1 $4.05

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