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Mr. McDermott from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Help me give my students high quality books to read while away from school.

  • $1,176 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are sixth graders. We are located in an industrial and working class section of Washington, DC. My students work tirelessly to close the achievement gap and gain entry to college-prep high schools. The current state of the world has certainly worked against this work.

School closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic has taken so much from our students.

The everyday experiences students have with their peers and teachers can't truly be replicated through distance learning. Our students have continued to put in amazing effort despite the barriers brought about by distance learning.

My Project

The most critical thing students can do to retain their reading and writing growth is to continue to read high quality books. This project is aimed at providing our students with books they will enjoy reading, discussing, and writing about while school is closed. Under typical circumstances, students would have access to books in the school library and from their classrooms. Unfortunately, our students have lost access to these resources. Many of my students do not have the privilege of having dense libraries filled with high quality books at home, and the economic strain that the pandemic has caused makes it more difficult for them to get great books. The goal of this project is to make sure every student has books they will enjoy reading while away from school.

Mr. McDermott
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Paperback Boxed Set • Amazon Business $25.80 3 $77.40
The Hunger Games Trilogy: The Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay • Amazon Business $25.65 3 $76.95
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $21.00 3 $63.00
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know • Amazon Business $18.99 3 $56.97
Girls Save the World in This One • Amazon Business $17.99 3 $53.97
Verona Comics • Amazon Business $17.99 3 $53.97
Most Likely • Amazon Business $17.99 3 $53.97
The Empire of Dreams • Amazon Business $14.34 3 $43.02
As Brave As You (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers) • Amazon Business $13.99 3 $41.97
Tight • Amazon Business $13.89 3 $41.67
After the Shot Drops • Amazon Business $13.67 3 $41.01
Coo • Amazon Business $13.19 3 $39.57
The List of Things That Will Not Change • Amazon Business $12.19 3 $36.57
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $11.53 3 $34.59
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $11.10 3 $33.30
Game Changer • Amazon Business $10.35 3 $31.05
Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City • Amazon Business $8.89 3 $26.67
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Hoops • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
145th Street: Short Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97

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