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Mrs. Cruse from Heavener OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Finding Our Story, One Book At A Time

Help me give my students new books on survival, poetry, hope, and loss in order to build readers.

  • $596 goal

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My Students

My classroom is a challenge. Students walk in, possibly, a bit intimidated, but they leave vindicated. My students know that the work ethic in my room will push them to their limits, but that I will give them the tools and the time necessary to help them succeed. My students are some of the best out there.

Students deserve to read stories that reflect their lives.

Our entire school qualifies for free lunches due to income. Students often come to school in weather inappropriate clothes. Many of these instances aren't a full result of neglect, but a different standard of what is socially acceptable. I work with my students to show them that there can be an appreciation of their culture, but also that many companies and schools will require them to modify their work ethic. Our high English Language Learner population also adds in a different cultural element.

My Project

My students actually want more books! These resources will expand our classroom library and allow our students to pursue their interests with varied genres and book lengths.

We will use the high-interest books, like Try Not To Suck and Darkest Minds, in addition to other novellas and poetry books to reach students.

This will also enable some students to "bridge" the gap--as we have increased classroom reading. It is becoming "cool" to tote a book. This will expand the options for our students as our school library receives no budget.

Reading is the key to everything!

This project will assist students with expanding lexile levels and comprehension, something that will enhance school work. These titles will help bridge the gap. I've been successful in providing these super popular books to my English reading students, but I need to find a way to provide those types of materials to my Spanish reading students as well. By executing projects like these, I am developing life-long learners that will be productive in society.

Mrs. Cruse
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 338 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2018-19 Edition (Book + Bonus Online Content) • Amazon Business $26.36 1 $26.36
Try Not to Suck: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon • Amazon Business $19.67 1 $19.67
The Collide (Outliers) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
The Immortalists • Amazon Business $18.20 1 $18.20
I Wrote This For You • Amazon Business $15.21 1 $15.21
Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
The Memory Trees • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
Starting and Closing: Perseverance, Faith, and One More Year • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Rich and Pretty: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
The Gatekeepers • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Dividing Eden • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
The Cheerleaders • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
How We Learned to Lie • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Eden Conquered • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
A Short History of the Girl Next Door • Amazon Business $12.27 1 $12.27
The Chaos of Longing • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
In 27 Days (Blink) • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
American Housewife • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Girl in the Blue Coat • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Unbecoming • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Wherever Nina Lies • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
Seven Ways We Lie • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
A Million Worlds with You (Firebird) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
You Will Know Me: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass) • Amazon Business $8.86 1 $8.86
The Darkest Minds (Bonus Content) (A Darkest Minds Novel) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Way I Used to Be • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
180 Seconds • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39

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