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Mrs. Bargardi from Ypsilanti MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

DIRT (Daily Independent Reading Time)

My students need more African American novel sets such as "Small Steps", "One Crazy Summer", "Wonder", and "Mr. Terupt Falls Again". The majority of my students are non-white and I want them to be able to relate to the books that we will be reading.

  • $399 goal

This project expired on December 16, 2013.

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My Students

I love to read. I want my students to love to read. Well I need help! My own personal library is scarce and I need more Multicultural novels. I want my students to be able to pick out a book and never want to put it down. We will be running small literary circles this year with plenty of discussions

I will be co-teaching a group of 5/6 graders.

I am a special education teacher that will be team teaching with a general education teacher all day. All our students are at risk students. Our drop-out rate is climbing to an all time high because our students can not read or write. Our state test scores are one of the lowest in the county and I want to be able to do something about it. I want my students to learn to love to read as much as I do.

My Project

My students need more African American novels such as Small Steps, One Crazy Summer, Wonder, and Mr. Terupt Falls Again. The majority of my students are non-white and I want them to be able to relate to the books that we will be reading. I want my students to have a choice in what they are reading and right now my library is scarce. I need more books to connect with my African American students. I want them to be able to connect and engage in a novel. in order for this to happen they need to be able to read about characters that are like them--that talk like them, that look like them, that are going through the same thing they are going through!

I want my students to be able to say after they read one of my novels, "Wow that was a great book!

Do you have another like the last one I read?" I want to be able to say, "YES!" I usually buy most, if not all of my classroom supplies and I buy food for my kids because the majority of them come in hungry--so any amount to help so I can get these novels would be greatly appreciated!

Mrs. Bargardi
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Small Steps (Readers Circle) • Amazon $8.48 10 $84.80
P.S. Be Eleven • Amazon $12.68 6 $76.08
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff • Amazon $6.29 5 $31.45
One Crazy Summer • Amazon $6.98 4 $27.92
One Crazy Summer • Amazon $6.98 4 $27.92
Wonder • Amazon $9.03 2 $18.06
Mr. Terupt Falls Again • Amazon $12.68 1 $12.68
P.S. Be Eleven • Amazon $2.04 4 $8.16
The Mighty Miss Malone • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Because of Mr. Terupt • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Nobody's Family Is Going to Change • Amazon $3.44 1 $3.44
Nobody's Family Is Going to Change • Amazon $0.01 1 $0.01

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