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Mr. Secor from Sylmar CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Library: Year Two

My students need a variety of well-established, high-interest non-fiction and fiction books from which to choose.

  • $493 goal

This project expired on November 17, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The majority of the ninth grade students that come into my classroom read below grade level. Many of these students do not read often or consistently, but they are willing to read given the right book is available. They need to have access to a variety of books, non-fiction and fiction, from which they can personally explore and choose.

Many of my students may become the first generation of their family to attend college, and their experiences with reading can help them get there.

Our high school exists to serve communities by partnering with parents to educate their children to a level of proficiency and to help them attend college or be ready for a career so that they may return to their communities and contribute effectively to their communities' improvement for generations to come.

Currently, more than half of the students at our school come from low-income households. We need more resources to meet their educational needs.

My Project

Last year, I received help from family, friends, and other supporters to begin building a library for my Textual Analysis and Creative Writing students. Many of my students selected books to read from the shelf. I want to continue that trend by providing more books this year with your generous help. I have added more nonfiction and stories based on true events as well as fiction that could appeal to my students.

My goal is for students to find a book of interest that they will read in its entirety, independently.

They will also be using these books for analysis that is connected to our in-class studies. For example, last year I used You Don't Have to Say You Love Me excerpts to teach memoir craft. Also, by making books such as Long Way Down available, I could appeal to students who like eventful books in my Textual Analysis ninth grade class. The book takes place in 60 seconds. The main character must decide whether or not to take revenge on the person who killed his brother. Please consider helping me provide much needed resources to my students so that they may improve in their reading.

Mr. Secor
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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12 donors12 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 130 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet #1-7 Box Set by Kazu Kibuishi (2016-10-25) • Amazon Business $57.26 1 $57.26
The Legend Trilogy • Amazon Business $30.95 1 $30.95
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the • Amazon Business $22.49 1 $22.49
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir • Amazon Business $17.87 1 $17.87
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) • Amazon Business $15.67 1 $15.67
The Trials of Apollo Book Three The Burning Maze • Amazon Business $15.16 1 $15.16
The Trials of Apollo Book Two The Dark Prophecy • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
The Devil's Highway: A True Story • Amazon Business $13.25 1 $13.25
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Neverwhere Illustrated Edition • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
The Librarian of Auschwitz • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Drown • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Stardust • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
Salt to the Sea • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Dune • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
Fallen Angels • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Never Fall Down: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Bad Boy: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List • Amazon Business $7.17 1 $7.17
Holes (Holes Series) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan • Amazon Business $5.77 1 $5.77
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.) • Amazon Business $5.54 1 $5.54

Materials cost

$350.86

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$32.10

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.26

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$418.22

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$73.80

Total project goal

$492.02

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$492.02

11 Donors

-$415.87

Donations toward project cost

-$364.74

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$51.13

match offer

-$62.93

Match offer toward project cost

-$53.49

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$9.44

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$13.24

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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