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Ms. Scully from Pickens SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Library: Ready, Set, Read!

My students need a classroom library that gives them the power of choice.

  • $488 goal

This project expired on October 26, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are incoming 9th graders who have been identified as dropout risks. Our school is in a rural working-class area, and the majority of these students have faced financial and personal hardships outside of the classroom. In addition, they have fallen behind academically and will begin their high school careers at a disadvantage. Many of them view the classroom as a place of frustration and failure.

My students are avid readers, open-minded explorers, and confident and successful learners--they just don't know it yet!

These students have lacked the educational experiences needed to build self-confidence and to encourage learning. In spite of this, they all have a desire to succeed and overcome setbacks they've faced thus far.

My Project

Students have told me that they dislike reading because it's "boring" and they can't relate to the stories, characters, etc. They look at reading as a chore because they've always been told what to read and have never been given CHOICES. I want to change these negative attitudes by giving students access to books they'll enjoy and actually want to read! Therefore, I chose titles from lists of "highly recommended reads" compiled by former students.

A classroom library will give my students the freedom to choose books that will not only complement their interests, but also expand their knowledge.

Students will be able to broaden their vocabularies and improve their analytical thinking skills while reading about topics that interest them.

We all know the MANY benefits of reading, and when students enjoy reading, they do it more often! Exchanging books and ideas will foster a sense of belonging and responsibility. These books will allow students to set and accomplish reading goals, participate in discussions, explore ideas through writing, and read independently at their own pace.

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

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This project will reach 87 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $15.09 1 $15.09
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
We Are Okay • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
Duck Commander Collection: Duck Commander Family; Happy, Happy, Happy; and Si-Cology 1 • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Dress Codes for Small Towns • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Last Seen Leaving • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
The Final Four • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
The Giver (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Boy Worth Knowing • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Dreamland Burning • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Upside of Unrequited • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
More Happy Than Not • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
All the Bright Places • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
American Street • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Tell Me Three Things • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Symptoms of Being Human • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
When I Was the Greatest • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
He Forgot to Say Goodbye • Amazon Business $7.34 1 $7.34
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List • Amazon Business $7.17 1 $7.17
The Car • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Code Name Verity • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent) • Amazon Business $6.45 1 $6.45
180 Seconds • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Finest Hours (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (True Storm Rescues) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
47 Days: The True Story of Two Teen Boys Defying Hitler's Reich • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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