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Mr. Zilz from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Chicago Seventh Grade NEEDS Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My students need 35 copies of "Catching Fire" to continue the series started by "The Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins.

  • $598 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Are you reading a book that is part of a series? Could you imagine the other books in that series not being available for you to read? This is the challenge that faces my students. We were able to get the first book but since the others aren't available in paperback, we can't afford the rest.

My class is dedicated hard working Seventh Graders in the Chicago Public School System.

98% percent of our school is poverty stricken and enrolled in the free lunch program. When they first came to me at the beginning of the year many students responded to their initial survey as not caring to read. When pressed for details why, most responded, it is too hard to get a good book.

My Project

My students need 35 copies of Catching Fire to continue the series started by The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. My students are faced with many challenges outside of school and view our language arts class as a mini-vacation from the outside hustle in our neighborhood. By being able to escape to a great novel my students have started a transformation to becoming avid readers. From being disinterested at the beginning of the year, to demanding that we keep reading, my students are improving every aspect of their education and need to be shown that people are excited about their education and the opportunities that can lie ahead for them.

This request will make a difference in my students' lives by showing that people are willing to fight for them to have every opportunity they can get to succeed.

The student's are learning so much more than just reading skills, this trilogy teaches them to stand up for what they believe in, be themselves and always fight for what you believe in.

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Mr. Zilz
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 115 students.

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Catching Fire • AKJ Books $13.31 35 $465.85

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