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Mr. Piekara from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Continuing a Love of Reading

My students need 25 copies of "Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story", 32 copies of "My Name Is Mar a Isabel Alma Flor Ada", and 1-5 copies of 15+ additional titles.

  • $865 goal

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As a 6th grade public school English and social studies teacher in a low-income community, I have noticed that many students have lacked the resources at home, bookstores in their neighborhood, and access to libraries that will provide them with adequate reading material. In order to foster a stronger understanding of the importance of reading, and its value to my students having a wider variety of books will enable my students opportunities to choose books that interest them.

The 64 sixth grade students that I teach range in reading levels from early third grade to mid seventh grade. At the beginning of the school year, we set a classroom goal that as a class we will each improve our reading levels by two years, will each read at least twenty books, and will build our silent sustained independent reading stamina to at least thirty minutes. Over the course of my two years in education, I have continuously tried to build up our classroom library, but have noticed that certain genres are still lacking, in addition to not having some of the newest and most appealing books. In addition to providing my students with more appealing books, I also would like to provide my students, the vast majority of which are from Hispanic or African descent, with novels about Hispanics and Africans overcoming obstacles, dealing with social issues, and empowering themselves. Class sets of these books will enable students to not only read them, but discuss them, learn from them, and see role models in action.

Adding a rich variety of books on lower reading levels and higher reading levels will enable all students to find a grade appropriate book of interest. Additionally, but using these books to motivate, empower, and engage students, I believe students will become more active and attentive readers. These books will continuously be tied back to our classroom reading goals, and used to reiterate the importance of reading, not just now, but throughout middle school, high school, and college. Each student will be tracking their progress and have the opportunity to read the books in class, and if proven responsible enough, take them home for independent reading there.

By funding these books, you will be making an integral contribution to our classroom. Using these books I hope to foster a greater sense of the importance of reading, and create a broader love of reading. Your support will instill a legacy of learning and reading, and will help each individual student to reach their goals!

Mr. Piekara
Grades 6-8
  • JHS 162 Lola Rodriguez De Tio
  • Bronx, NY
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Name Is Mar a Isabel Alma Flor Ada, Ana M. Cerro, K. D. Thompson (Illustrator), K. Dyble Thompson (Illustrator), Kathryn Dyble Thompson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 32 $143.68
Drown Junot Diaz • Barnes and Noble $12.00 2 $24.00
Cesar Chavez: A Hero for Everyone Gary Soto, Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 5 $17.95
The Lost Symbol Dan Brown • Barnes and Noble $17.97 1 $17.97
India Michael Dahl • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India Edward Luce • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee Beverley Naidoo (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 3 $18.87
Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope Beverley Naidoo • Barnes and Noble $5.39 3 $16.17
Lupita Ma ana Patricia Beatty, Lucas Guttentag (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 3 $16.17
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez • Barnes and Noble $6.29 3 $18.87
Hispanic Americans Cesar Alegre • Barnes and Noble $15.25 2 $30.50
Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo, Foreword by Jon Snow • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation Nandan Nilekani, Foreword by Thomas L. Friedman • Barnes and Noble $23.96 1 $23.96
Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story Beverley Naidoo, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 25 $112.25
Twilight Saga Collection Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $53.95 3 $161.85

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