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Ms. Smith from New Haven CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Feeling Connected and Inspired by Reading

Help me give my students fiction and non-fiction texts full of inspirational stories of resilience and hope and strategies to build fulfilling lives.

  • $547 goal

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My Students

The students in my school are resilient learners who are eager to explore the world. Unfortunately, not only does our Title I school struggle under the "failing school" label and the bias and low-expectations that breeds, it also is perpetually underfunded and understaffed. Combined, these circumstances leave many critical educational opportunities unavailable to my students. Despite having limited access to enriching experiences and materials, students here refuse to be defeated and keep giving their best, day in and day out.

With the help of the generous donors of DonorsChoose, I hope to build a classroom that tells my students that they matter, that their education matters, and that their futures matter.

My Project

Two of the greatest strategies a teacher can use to help disengaged students are building individualized learning experiences and building connections between the classroom and the world beyond.

With a classroom library that offers stories of resilience and hope, as well as strategies for creating a fulfilling future, I hope that disengaged students- students who may be failing multiple classes or who struggle with high absenteeism- will reconnect with learning and see it as a tool to positively shape their lives.

I have selected titles of every genre, written by a diverse group of authors about an abundance of topics. I hope that this library is inspiring and will help students not only learn about the things that they are individually interested in, but to also discover passions they haven't considered yet. All of these books provide a window into the world beyond the classroom, and hopefully will inspire students to connect what they are doing during high school to what they'd like to do in the future.

I plan to use these books for independent reading projects, where students will not only choose their books, but also choose their culminating projects. These projects will seek to help students explore how the texts helped them discover connections to the world beyond high school.

The gift of this classroom library will likely be one of the most important tools in helping my most disengaged students, as it will provide them with the autonomy to make a choice of a book and a project that they feel fits their needs the most.

Ms. Smith
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play • Amazon Business $22.48 1 $22.48
Becoming • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
Educated: A Memoir • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Stephen Curry: Rise of the Star. The inspiring and interesting life story from a struggling young boy to become the legend. Life of Stephen Curry - one of the best basketball shooters in history. • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Totally Awesome Book of Useless Information • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
Sadie • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Beloved • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Sula • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
Push: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Girl Mans Up • Amazon Business $9.81 1 $9.81
Pay It Forward • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
LeBron James: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Players • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Teenage Degenerate • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Power of Positive Thinking • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball's Best Players • Amazon Business $8.26 1 $8.26
The Help • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Go Ask Alice (Anonymous Diaries) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life • Amazon Business $7.90 1 $7.90
The Bible For Black Girls: a collection of texts posts from tumblr user pinkvelourtracksuit • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
Papi: My Story • Amazon Business $5.28 1 $5.28
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare • Amazon Business $4.12 1 $4.12
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass • Amazon Business $1.62 1 $1.62

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