My students need 10 copies each of "Identical", "Paper Towns", "Dope Sick", "The Graveyard Book", and "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks".
My greatest fear as an educator is, with growing classroom sizes, to see students slip through the cracks. I know, because I was that student: the student who sat in the back of class with her nose in a book and a sincere desire to find more of an identity within the school. I did not find an identity in the school because I was not an athlete, I was not competitive, and I felt overshadowed by those whose talents surpassed mine. Sure I read a lot, but what did that actively allow me to do in the school setting? Seeing the shadow of myself so often in the classroom prompted me to initiate something new in our school about four years ago. One day, six students approached me after class with an idea: start a book club that chooses popular teen reads and make it into an active activity. For example, if we read a book like Thirteen Reasons Why, which tackles social issues like teen suicide and bullying, we take that issue and address it in the community: educate others in the school about the growing number of teen suicides and signs of depression. If we read a book like The Glass Castle, which focuses on a family living in poverty, obtain knowledge about local poverty and visit a food shelf or run a collection. After a few months of reading socially, relevant material and making books an active part of our mission, we decided to name our club "The Extreme Book Club." We take the EXTREMEly popular reads among the teen population and relate it to the EXTREME issues in our society. Each month I have, on average, three new members asking for the latest read and to attend the accompanying activity. However, due to increased poverty in our community, not every student is able to pay the average cost per book: $10. Our library cannot fulfill all of the inter-library loan requests for the books either. The biggest mistake would be to turn these students away from an incredible opportunity to read and make the intangible act of reading become tangible in the community. Your help will ensure that students who are seeking to be an active participant, but lack the typical skill set necessary to gain entrance into activities, will thrive in the Extreme Book Club. They can emerge from behind the shadow of their peers and bring what they have learned from books into the community. I hope that this will always be the plight of education: make it relevant, make it real, and take it places outside of the schools' doors. Thank you for your constant support of education!
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|Identical Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble||$14.39||10||$143.90|
|Paper Towns John Green • Barnes and Noble||$8.99||10||$89.90|
|Dope Sick Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble||$13.59||10||$135.90|
|The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks E. Lockhart • Barnes and Noble||$8.09||10||$80.90|
|The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman, Dave Mckean (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble||$11.69||10||$116.90|
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