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Ms. Prussman from Saint Joseph MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Life-Long Readers Through Literature

Help me give my students the opportunity to read content-rich, high-level, critical thinking books to better prepare them for college.

  • $609 goal

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My Students

You want to know what I love about my students? How about their energy, their promise, their individualism, and their potential? My students are teenagers who come in bristling with gumption ready to tackle the day, their lives, and what comes their way.

Although the majority of my students are At-Risk students, they have promise to be whoever they want.

They are individuals with dreams, goals, worries, and personalities.

I am honored to help them achieve their dreams and goals. I feel it is my duty to better prepare them for the lives they have ahead of them, so they can succeed beyond my classroom walls.

My Project

These materials will help my students in numerous ways. These books are College Board level reading materials that my At-Risk students don't often have access to. Many times At-Risk students are given lower-level and outdated materials because we attend a poorer school district.

I strive to get these books into their hands so they can see a world outside of their own.The books are diverse and will provide rich reading material regarding other backgrounds and cultures.

The Kite Runner is a diverse book about Afghanistan and friendship and loyalty and the power of forgiveness. The Color of Water is a memoir written by a biracial man who struggles with his identify but conquers his demons to lead a life of success.

These books will be outside reading material. They read during their own time, and then they come back to class so we can discuss and analyze. It is the perfect way to create a bridge between their lives and the college world ahead of them. From class discussions, journaling, presentations, essays, quizzes, you name it! Reading these novels opens the world to them and better prepares them for their academic lives.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother • Amazon Business $12.19 18 $219.42
Things Fall Apart: A Novel • AKJ Education $9.49 15 $142.35
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.20 10 $112.00

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