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Mrs. O'Mara from Stafford VA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Books for Knowledge-Hungry Students

My students need engaging books to get them excited about reading again. In a survey over 80% of my student said they would self-identify as avid readers in elementary school. Only 15% feel that way now.

  • $629 goal

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My Students

Just like every other teacher, I believe my students are the best and most deserving. They are funny, creative, and full of life. Our school serves a mix of economic ranges and our county’s largest ELL population. In fact, one of my English 11 classes is designed specifically for these students new to our country and culture. My students are eager to please and build collaborative relationships. They are just like other students: love their phones, fortnite, free food, and a teacher that validates them. They want to like reading, but haven’t had the time or opportunity to discover reading materials that interest them.

My Project

In a recent survey, over 80% of my students self-identified as avid readers in elementary schools. Only 15% feel that way now. Building readers now improves the likelihood of becoming lifelong learners. My classroom library is old and has very few Young Adult options. The students spend long periods of time lookin through the library and then find nothing. On a teacher salary, I can’t afford to buy them a brand new library full of engaging and new books. I need your help! My students are craving new reading material to engage and inspire them while also improving their reading skills. A large number of my students come from low-income families or are English Language Learners and either can’t afford to buy new books at home or don’t have access to accessible texts.

Mrs. O'Mara
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter (7 bk set) • AKJ Education $65.04 1 $65.04
Twilight (4 bk set) • AKJ Education $50.85 1 $50.85
Chronicles of Narnia (7 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $39.60 1 $39.60
Hunger Games (3 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $36.64 1 $36.64
Lord of the Rings (4 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $26.91 1 $26.91
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $11.38 2 $22.76
Turtles All the Way Down • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
On the Road • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
White Teeth A Novel • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Pact • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
A Thousand Splendid Suns • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Girl in Translation • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Lovely Bones • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $10.96 1 $10.96
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Things Fall Apart: A Novel • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Looking for Alaska • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Wintergirls • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $7.54 1 $7.54
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $7.30 1 $7.30
Black Like Me • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Jurassic Park A Novel • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Thing About Jellyfish • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Notebook • AKJ Education $5.84 1 $5.84
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ghost • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Prayer for Owen Meany • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

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