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Ms. Patrick from Baytown TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Dealing in Dreams: Literature for the Classroom

Help me give my students what Dr. Rudine Bishop Sims so eloquently said - books that are mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors into the lives of others and themselves.

  • $669 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach English at an innovative early college high school that is one of the best in the area, where students take high school classes concurrently with classes at the local community college. My students are 60% economically disadvantaged and 88.8% minority. But that is not their total story. Even with the obstacles they face, our school is service-driven, with students out in our community every weekend doing volunteer projects. They are bright, motivated, and ready to take on the world. However, our school has one major flaw: we have no library.

My students are hungry for novels that reflect their own life experiences.

Last year I started compiling a classroom library filled with literature that appeals to my students. We managed to gather about 450 titles throughout the year. I have become the de-facto library on our campus, and more students are carrying around novels than ever before. My students read a novel of choice for the first 10 minutes of every single class. In fact, I set up a computerized library inventory on 3/4/19, and from that date until today, 2/7/20, I've had over 550 books checked out and read. But now we have even bigger plans!

My Project

My students are readers, but without a library on our campus, they have nowhere to obtain the books that are relevant to their interests and lives. These books will help them grow as readers, validate their experiences in the world, and step outside their own experiences to see the perspectives from other races, cultures, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

My students are finding relevant, important literature that makes them want to read.

One senior this year told me that he hasn't finished a book since 7th grade, and he's currently reading his seventh book of the year. I have so many of my students who have forgotten the simple pleasure of losing themselves (and finding themselves!) in books, and watching them reignite that passion has been the highlight of my 16-year teaching career.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words • Amazon Business $18.47 1 $18.47
A People's History of American Empire: The American Empire Project, A Graphic Adaptation • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
Yes No Maybe So • Amazon Business $15.02 1 $15.02
Muhammad Ali • Amazon Business $14.83 1 $14.83
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
The Prince and the Dressmaker • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper Cypher) • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
We Are Lost and Found • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Allies • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Jackpot • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Pumpkinheads • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Let Me Hear a Rhyme • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Empire State of Mind: How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Gravity of Us • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (For Young People Series) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
The Infinite Noise: A Bright Sessions Novel (The Bright Sessions) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Orpheus Girl • Amazon Business $12.26 1 $12.26
Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
Frankly in Love • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Girl Gone Viral • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Citizen Illegal (BreakBeat Poets) • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
Permanent Record • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
SLAY • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
When I Was the Greatest • Amazon Business $8.83 1 $8.83
The Final Four • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas) • Amazon Business $8.56 1 $8.56
Like a Love Story • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
We Were Here • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
The Way I Used to Be • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Boy21 • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
For Every One • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

Materials cost

$530.20

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.95

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$568.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$100.26

Total project goal

$668.41

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$668.41

6 Donors

-$668.41

Donations toward project cost

-$568.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$100.26

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$0.00

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