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Mrs. Newman from Tucson AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Exercise for the Mind - a Classroom Library

Help me give my students culturally relevant books to add to our classroom library in order to support independent reading.

  • $252 goal

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My Students

Most of my students, like many teens today, will tell you that they have never read an entire book. For some it is because they haven't been matched with a book or an author they love or they've never seen themselves in a book because they never knew that someone wrote a book about a topic they are interested in or a situation that they've lived through. Once they do find the right book, they light up and engage with the story.

It is always amazing to hear a student who at the beginning of the year said they hated to read talk about a book with which they have found a lasting connection.

My school's students are approximately 75% minority, most students are from low-income families, and we are low-performing, according to the state test. Our goal is to graduate students who are ready for college or a career. These students are just waiting to find independence and develop a love of reading.

My Project

Our classroom library needs additional titles. This year, I am reaching out for community support to grow the library. The library supports students as we read each day for 10 minutes in class and will encourage them to read for 20 minutes each day at home. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

—Joseph Addison, Writer

At times, in the middle of reading, if you decide you don't want to read the book you had in hand - which is something great readers do - having more books close by means that you can get right back to reading. I like to allow my students the opportunity to choose from books in the classroom to best use their reading time. This project will allow us to add books which are culturally relevant reading recommended by the Project LIT Community which empowers readers.

Mrs. Newman
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 120 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Time Bomb • Amazon Business $15.74 1 $15.74
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.81 1 $14.81
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Tradition • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Dread Nation • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Pride • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Solo (Blink) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
When I Was the Greatest • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Allegedly • Amazon Business $7.74 1 $7.74
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55

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