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Mrs. Bratkowski from University City MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Celebrating Reading

My students need new books such as the "Hunger Games" trilogy to engage them in independent reading and art materials including construction paper and markers to celebrate and share those books.

  • $578 goal

This project expired on February 24, 2012.

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My Students

You know how you love a book so much that you can't wait to tell someone about it? My students need help discovering the books they love and the supplies to share those books.

My students attend a predominately African-American school in the city and are incoming freshmen who are reading below grade level.

They are good and lovable students, who have not had the support at home to enhance their reading or to nurture a love for reading.

My Project

No one walks onto a basketball court a great player, you practice and get better. Reading is the same way. The more you read the better you get. Students select books that they want to read (they are required to read 6 a semester), and when they finish their book, they create a project demonstrating a reading skill they used. For example, they create a poster of facts that relate to a topic in their book. Or create a mask that is symbolic to a character in the book.

In the last two years that I've taught this class, I've seen students' reading levels increase from 1 to 5 grade levels.

We are seeing a real difference, not only in reading levels, but in overall school performance. As a result of increasing students' reading level, it is now easier for students to access the text in their other classes. You will help with improving our students by helping to expand our class library and supplies to do fun and engaging learning products.

Mrs. Bratkowski
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Matter of Trust (Bluford) • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Blood is Thicker • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
Down Norah McClintock • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
The Fallen (Bluford High Series #11) Paul Langan • AKJ Books $13.23 1 $13.23
Freaky Green Eyes • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Hip-Hop High School Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
If I Grow Up (HB) • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
If I Was Your Girl Ni-Ni Simone • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
Just Another Hero • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Lost and Found • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
Love You Hate You Miss You Elizabeth Scott • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Mockingjay (HC) • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Muchacho LouAnne Johnson • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
Payback (The Gun) • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
Secrets in the Shadows (SCHOL) • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
The Bully • AKJ Books $10.03 1 $10.03
Chosen One • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Compound S. A. Bodeen • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
The Fallen • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
First Part Last, The • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set Suzanne Collins • AKJ Books $39.94 1 $39.94
PLASTIC MASKS/MALE FACE • Blick Art Materials $3.19 30 $95.70
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $12.95 1 $12.95
Poster Board - Assorted • Kaplan Early Learning Company $12.00 2 $24.00
Crayola(r) Classic Colors Washable Markers Classpack (200 count, 8 colors) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $85.96 1 $85.96
BIC Brite Liner Highlighters Chisel Point, Assorted Colors, 24/Pack • Quill $5.99 2 $11.98
Quill Brand Lightweight Construction Paper 12x18", Assorted Colors, 100-Sheets • Quill $3.77 2 $7.54
A Matter of Trust • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
Girl Like Me Ni-Ni Simone • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
A Kiss in Time Alex Flinn • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Linger (HC) • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31

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