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Mr. Cassillo from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

For the Love of Reading (Part II)

My students need books that they can relate to, and that will help them grow emotionally and academically.

  • $695 goal

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My Students

Growing up in an urban area plagued by economic inequality and violence, my students have a lot working against them just to make it into the classroom. But that doesn't stop them from coming. These 7th and 8th graders are well-aware of their unfair circumstances, and instead of making excuses for themselves they decide to show up to school with the hope that their education can be the difference their lives deserve.

Many of the future professionals in my classroom are slowly beginning to imagine their world beyond elementary school.

As the young adolescents they are, they begin to lay out their next years in their mind, and determine what they must do to make those visions as bright as possible. Although they may not know exactly what they want to do with their futures, they know it best begins with their elementary school graduation and the pursuit of a high school degree.

My Project

The young African-Americans in my classroom have a lot going on in their lives. As teenagers, minorities, and impoverished students, they have a multitude of daunting challenges facing them. It is my belief that one of the greatest places to find comfort in such a struggle is through a book.

Sharing a connection with the right book can powerfully impact a person, as these right books can transform my students into confident and socially conscious learners.

In a world that far too often glances over individuals of their background, these children can find comfort in books that both share their world and connect them to new ones.

Mr. Cassillo
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) • Amazon Business $27.41 1 $27.41
Transition: One Kid’s Bank Shot to the NFL • Amazon Business $22.32 1 $22.32
The Complete Persepolis • Amazon Business $20.49 1 $20.49
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation • Amazon Business $16.96 1 $16.96
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
My Old Man Was Always on the Lam • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Speak: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The Poet X • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
Time Bomb • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Fresh Ink: An Anthology • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Young Champion's Mind: How to Think, Train, and Thrive Like an Elite Athlete • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Illegal • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
After the Shot Drops • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Crush: Love Poems for Teenagers • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Tyrell • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
Monday's Not Coming • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Dreamland Burning • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.05 1 $8.05
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
To All the Boys I've Loved Before • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
If I Stay • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $6.91 1 $6.91
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.81 1 $6.81
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.55 1 $6.55
Paper Towns • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Rain Reign • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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