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

But, I Don't Like That Book and Other Tales of Woe from Middle-School

The cost of this proposal for 18 titles from "The Zach Files" series, a series that appeals to middle-school readers who are reading below their grade level, including such titles as: "Just Add Water and Scream," "Elvis the Turnip and Me," "Trapped in the Museum of Unnatural History," "Evil Queen Tut and the Great Ant Pyramid," "Hang a Left at Venus," "This Bodys Not Big Enough for Both of Us," "How I Went from Bad to Verse," "How to Speak Dolphin in Three Easy Lessons," "I'm Out of My Body, Please Leave a Message," "Never Trust a Cat Who Wears Earings," "Dr. Jekyll, Orthodontist," "The Volcano Godess Will See You Now," and "How I Fixed the Year 1000 Problem" is $269, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $283 goal

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We all have those little somethings that keep us going on a daily basis. For some, it's a photo of an inviting beach that smooths out even the most trying of days. For me, it is my students, and a special student in particular. I am a teacher in a very under-resourced school in Brooklyn, NY. I teach a class of seventh-grade students. This year, not a single student came into my class reading on grade level. My special student, in particular, was reading below a second-grade level. Throughout the year I have struggled to find books that interest my students, but that are also appropriate for their various reading levels. This is difficult, but it is particularly difficult when someone in seventh grade reads at a second-grade level, as was the case with my special student. The students refuse to read "baby" books as they call them. So, we don't have a lot to choose from. However, one day my special student discovered "The Zach Files" books. These books are written for lower-level readers but appeal to middle-school students because they are quite silly. My special student ate them up -- each and every one in my library, and after that, every other one that I could round up around school and in local book stores. Since the first book, this student's reading level has improved by almost 1.5 years! I have to keep my students, and this student in particular, engaged. I am asking for funding to purchase two copies each of the 18 additional and remaining titles in "The Zach Files" series. My students are really working hard to become a better readers. These books are an invaluable tool that will truly help them. Please help me help my students fulfill their goals of becoming better readers. It is because of their inspired motivation that I keep teaching. My special student will thank you, and all of my future generations of students will thank you, and, of course, I will thank you. Thank you.

Ms. Zangrilli
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 55 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Trapped in the Museum of Unnatural History • $4.99 2 $9.98
My Son, the Time Traveler • $4.99 2 $9.98
Bozo the Clone • $4.99 2 $9.98
Evil Queen Tut and the Great Ant Pyramid • $4.99 2 $9.98
Yikes! Grandmas a Teenager • $4.99 2 $9.98
This Bodys Not Big Enough for Both of Us • $4.99 2 $9.98
Hang a Left at Venus • $4.99 2 $9.98
Don't Count on Dracula • $4.99 2 $9.98
How I Fixed the Year 1000 Problem • $4.99 2 $9.98
Dr. Jekyll, Orthodontist • $4.99 2 $9.98
Elvis the Turnip and Me • $4.99 2 $9.98
How to Speak Dolphin in Three Easy Lessons • $4.99 2 $9.98
Never Trust a Cat Who Wears Earings • $4.99 2 $9.98
Just Add Water and Scream • $4.99 2 $9.98
I'm Out of My Body, Please Leave a Message • $4.99 2 $9.98
The Volcano Godess Will See You Now • $4.99 2 $9.98
Zap! I'm a Mind Reader • $4.99 2 $9.98
How I Went from Bad to Verse • $4.99 2 $9.98
The Misfortune Cookie • $4.99 2 $9.98

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