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Mrs. Miller from Detroit MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fill Our Shelves With Inspiring Reads

Help me give my students access to poetry, non-fiction and resource books that will spark their imaginations, build their prior knowledge and grow their worlds. Reading isn't punishment, I need books my kids will love.

  • $595 goal

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My Students

The majority of my students speak English as their second language which means that despite the incredible strides they have made, many still read below grade level. Most only received minimal ESL instruction and must persevere on grade level despite a significant learning gap. Yet they are avid readers and are eager to learn.

Although over 90% of my students receive free or reduced lunch, they are generous and giving.

They worry about me when I appear tired or stress. They organize trips together to the library to print papers if they don't have access to computers or printers. They share what they have and care about each others well being. They treat our school community like a family.

My students are voracious readers regardless of their reading level. My small class library is well loved and well worn. They like to recommend books for me to read, accept my recommendations and keep me hunting for a variety of titles to meet their curiosity and needs.

My Project

Our district mandated reading curriculum is amazing but my students find it incredibly depressing. Even some of my kids that love to read are overwhelmed by the very adult topics we spend most of the time focused on. I need books in my independent reading library that will inspire them when the curriculum does not.

I would like to have non-fiction titles, how to books, biographies, poetry and resource books that my students can turn to for enjoyment, knowledge and honestly a break from the stuffy curriculum.

I want my class library to feel like a cozy place that my students can escape into their imaginations. I want my kids that don't love fiction to have books that also inspire them. I want my students that are starting to learn about poetry to find new poets to love and emulate. I want my students that spend so much of their lives stuff in the five or so mile confines of the school neighborhood to expand their view of the world through books.

Mrs. Miller
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Muse • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Cobblestone • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business: Turn Your Ideas into Money! • Amazon Business $19.06 1 $19.06
Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Carve the Mark 2-Book Paperback Box Set: Carve the Mark and The Fates Divide • Amazon Business $16.96 1 $16.96
A Child Through Time: The Book of Children's History • Amazon Business $16.07 1 $16.07
World Myths and Legends: 25 Projects You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Fun, Super Easy Projects for Kids • Amazon Business $15.85 1 $15.85
More Than a Game: 13 Keys to Success for Teen Athletes On and Off the Field • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Read All About It!: Great Read-Aloud Stories, Poems, and Newspaper Pieces for Preteens and Teens • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
When on Earth?: History as You've Never Seen It Before! (Where on Earth?) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Fresh Ink: An Anthology • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
How to Read a Book • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
How I Beat My Bully: A story inspired by true events • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time: A Mind-Blowing Challenge of Math, Logic, and Wordplay • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
How to Win the World Cup in Pajamas: Mental Toughness for Kids (Grow Grit Series) • Amazon Business $10.92 1 $10.92
You're Perfect the Way You Are! • Amazon Business $10.25 1 $10.25
Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports • Amazon Business $9.83 1 $9.83
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid • Amazon Business $8.42 1 $8.42
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
12 Poems on Overcoming • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Flying Lessons & Other Stories • Amazon Business $7.87 1 $7.87
New Kid • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Riddles and Trick Questions for Kids and Family! (Riddles for Kids - Short Brain teasers - Family Fun) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Poetry for Young People: Carl Sandburg • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done • Amazon Business $6.37 1 $6.37
No One Needed to Know • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science • Amazon Business $5.50 1 $5.50

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