My students need 60 new books to read in our classroom library.
Research shows that students who read for at least 40 minutes a day improve dramatically over the course of a year while those who do not stagnate or even decline. It takes books that excite, inform, and inspire to get students on the right side of that statistic.
I teach seventh grade English in an ambitious and successful middle school in a high poverty area.
With rigorous academic expectations, we regularly outperform our peer schools as well as city and state averages on state exams. Just last year, we were mentioned in the news for our success on the state English and Language Arts test.
Our school is located in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country. Over 90% of the students at my school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. We have a great and constant need for resources.
My students come from all over the world; we represent areas from the Dominican Republic to West Africa to Bangladesh.
The saying "the medium is the message" may never be so true as it is in a middle school classroom library. When students approach a library with old books that have torn covers and missing pages, they reach an immediate and unfortunate understanding about the value of reading in that classroom. At the same time, when those same students walk up to a library that features brand new books, the same books you might see on display at Barnes and Noble, the message is completely different and much more positive.
Funding this project will bring the excitement and pleasure of reading to over one hundred seventh graders in an area that, due to weak libraries and financial hardships, relies almost exclusively on schools to provide reading materials.
There is any number of statistics that connect literacy with financial success.
The simple truth, though, is that reading broadens minds and enriches lives. To help cultivate a love of reading in young people who may not have the resources to access quality reading materials without you is a meaningful and excellent prospect.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.