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Mrs. Castelli from Swansea IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Readers Need Diverse Libraries

My students need new, popular books they can relate to and get excited about, including high interest graphic novels and contemporary novels by award-winning authors like Kwame Alexander and Jason Reynolds.

  • $352 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are seventh graders at a small K-8 school in the Metro East area of Illinois (about 20 minutes away from St. Louis). Our student body is diverse, being comprised of 48% white, 35% African American, 8% Multiracial, 8% Hispanic, and 1% Pacific Islander students. Many of our students live in poverty with 75% percent receiving free or reduced lunch, and most are reading just at or below their grade level.

While my students face many challenges, they are bright, inspiring young people.

They inspire me to be the best possible teacher I can be every day. My goal is to make their time with me as positive as possible and to connect to each and every student individually. I believe in creating a classroom environment that is safe and comfortable, yet stimulating enough that students are able to grow and mature emotionally, socially, and academically.

My Project

My most pressing goal is to build my classroom library to meet the needs and culture of my students. I have a fair amount of struggling and apathetic readers who need a library stocked with familiar titles, popular series, and bright book covers that grab their attention. My current classroom library is full of secondhand books that have seen better days. It's also hard to find popular authors and new titles at discount stores, and I want my students to experience literature from award-winning, contemporary Young Adult authors who weave relevant issues and current events with masterful storytelling. I believe that the opportunity to hold a new book in their hands, with a relatable character and story, will create excitement around reading!

This project will transform my classroom library into a vibrant space that compels even the most reluctant readers to get lost in a book.

Every student deserves to see themselves represented in what they're reading. This project will allow me to add books that promote positive images and stories of African American, Hispanic, and other cultures to our classroom library. My students will be able to connect and identify with these texts--something many of them have not been able to do before. I am also seeking high-interest graphic novels to help my struggling readers build stamina and increase student engagement.

This project is so much more than putting new books on empty shelves. It's a chance to ignite a love for reading that a child can carry with them for a lifetime.

Mrs. Castelli
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gibson Holders 6A 2-Wire Display Stand, Black, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
Echo • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Finding Mighty • Amazon Business $10.83 1 $10.83
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
The Nameless City: The Stone Heart • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
The Nameless City • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet #2) • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
The Thief and the Sword (Cleopatra in Space #2) • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1) • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
March: Book One • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Education of Margot Sanchez • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Smile • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Buried Onions • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Sisters • Amazon Business $6.72 1 $6.72
Tears of a Tiger • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Forged by Fire • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Perfect Season (Football Genius) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Wild Card (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Cruisers • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Middle School: Get Me Out of Here! • Amazon Business $5.35 1 $5.35
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $4.86 1 $4.86
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #2: Double Team • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

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