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Mrs. Mertz from Grove City PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students the ability to explore the world through books!

  • $324 goal

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My Students

"Do you believe in mercy or justice?" That was the first questions asked of me in my very first interview for my very first teaching position. That interview and that position allowed me to find my passion: alternative education. I have taught in alternative education my entire teaching career--and I wouldn't change it for anything. My students are sometimes labeled "difficult" by others. After all, these students struggle in the community and classroom settings. However, I do not see them as difficult. I see my students as bright, curious, spunky, and compassionate. They have a drive to learn, create, and grow.

My Project

The books on my list serve specific purposes. The One and Only Ivan is a classroom novel set that will be used to not only explore the themes of friendship and hope, but also to challenge students to view the world through other perspectives. The "Who is" book series will allow the students to explore diverse historical figures. The "I Survived" series will encourage students to critically think about world events through first person point of view.

When students have a say or choice in the content that they want to learn about, engagement and learning goes through the roof!

After making a choice about what they want to learn about from the resources on the list, each student will complete various activities that center around reading and writing. Once the projects are complete, the students will share the information they learned with one another. This will encourage building a cooperative community of learners, critical thinking skills, and creativity.

Mrs. Mertz
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $8.67 12 $104.04
I Survived: Ten Thrilling Stories (Boxed Set) • Amazon Business $31.59 1 $31.59
Martin's Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Who Was Mister Rogers? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Is Ruth Bader Ginsburg? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Dr. Seuss? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Rosa Parks? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Amelia Earhart? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Clara Barton? • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Who Was Sacagawea? • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Who Was Jackie Robinson? • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Who Was Marie Curie? • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Who Was Steve Irwin? • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Who Is Malala Yousafzai? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Who Was Stephen Hawking? • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Who Is Barack Obama? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 (I Survived #17) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Who Is Michael Jordan? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $3.59 1 $3.59
Who Was Walt Disney? • Amazon Business $3.39 1 $3.39
I Survived the Battle of D-Day, 1944 (I Survived #18) • Amazon Business $2.35 1 $2.35

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