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Ms. Bailey from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Foster Independent Reading

My students need independent reading books, bean bag chairs and speakers.

  • $955 goal

This project expired on December 30, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Remember all those fun books you didn't get to read in school, but were really the stories that captured your interest and inspired your love of reading? Those are the sort of books my students are in need of, and the experience that goes with them.

I teach 9th grade students in a public high school.

The school is a Title 1 school, with almost all the students receiving free lunch and breakfast. Many students have not developed an interest in reading for pleasure when they walk through the door in September. Fostering independent reading is one of my main goals as a teacher. Unfortunately, my classroom library is sadly out of date.

My Project

Adding current, readable, high interest literature to my classroom library is necessary in order for students to even pick something up off the shelf and consider it. In addition, a major component of independent reading time in class is the classical music that plays in the background. New speakers are desperately needed for this. And bean bag chairs may seem like a luxury, but they do wonders toward inspiring a teenager to sit down and read.

My students need all the support they can get.

I believe improving reading skills comes not only from studying class literature, but from reading what one is simply entertained by. Fostering reading will help my students in every subject area, and help them better prepare for college.

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

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21 donors21 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BEAN BAG CHAIR ADULT BLUE • ABC School Supply, Inc/School Spec. $48.34 1 $48.34
BEAN BAG CHAIR ADULT GREEN • ABC School Supply, Inc/School Spec. $48.34 1 $48.34
AUDIO SPEAKERS BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS 7705307 • Best Buy $87.98 1 $87.98
Burned Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Uglies, The Collector's Set: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras (Uglies Series) Scott Westerfeld • Barnes and Noble $23.93 1 $23.93
Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series #1) Heather Brewer • Barnes and Noble $1.89 1 $1.89
Dreamland Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $1.89 1 $1.89
Need Carrie Jones • Barnes and Noble $3.79 1 $3.79
The Glass Rainbow (Dave Robicheaux Series #18) James Lee Burke • Barnes and Noble $14.44 1 $14.44
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1) Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
If I Stay Gayle Forman • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Host Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl Joyce Carol Oates • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman, Dave Mckean (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Chains Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger • Barnes and Noble $8.85 1 $8.85
The Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Tony Hawk: Professional Skateboarder Tony Hawk, Sean Mortimer, With Sean Mortimer • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
BEAN BAG CHAIR ADULT RED • ABC School Supply, Inc/School Spec. $48.34 1 $48.34
BEAN BAG CHAIR ADULT YELLOW • ABC School Supply, Inc/School Spec. $48.34 1 $48.34
Stepsister (Fear Street Series) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Fear Street: First Date (Fear Street Series) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Killer's Kiss (Fear Street Series) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Confession (Fear Street Series) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
All-Night Party (Fear Street Series) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Best Friend (Fear Street Series) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Fight (Drama High Series #1) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Frenemies (Drama High Series #4) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Keep It Movin' (Drama High Series #8) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Hustlin' (Drama High Series #7) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Cold As Ice (Drama High Series #10) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Second Chance (Drama High Series #2) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Holidaze (Drama High Series: Super Edition) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Twilight Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
New Moon Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
After Tupac and D Foster Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Hush Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Locomotion Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Fakie Tony Varrato • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Skateboard Daze at Hollywood High Evan Goodfellow • Barnes and Noble $10.51 1 $10.51
Skater Girl: A Girl's Guide to Skateboarding Patty Segovia, Rebecca Heller • Barnes and Noble $10.51 1 $10.51
Grind Eric Walters • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
LeBron's Dream Team: How Five Friends Made History LeBron James, Buzz Bissinger • Barnes and Noble $10.26 1 $10.26
LeBron James: The Rise of a Star David Lee Morgan • Barnes and Noble $10.22 1 $10.22
Immortal: Love Stories With Bite P. C. Cast • Barnes and Noble $7.64 1 $7.64
Every Man for Himself: Ten Short Stories about Being a Guy Nancy Mercado (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Young Adult Short Story Competition 2001-2002 Pam Sullivan • Barnes and Noble $11.06 1 $11.06
145th Street: Short Stories Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.55 1 $5.55
Incarceron Catherine Fisher • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
The Enemy Charlie Higson • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials Rosalind Wiseman • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Forget You Jennifer Echols • Barnes and Noble $7.52 1 $7.52
Impulse Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel Aimee Friedman, Christine Norrie (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Daniel X: Alien Hunter James Patterson, Leopoldo Gout, Klaus Lyngeled (Illustrator), Jon Girin (Illustrator), Joseph McLamb (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Crank Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Go Ask Alice Anonymous • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Sold Patricia McCormick • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Glass Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Story of a Girl Sara Zarr • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83

Materials cost

$752.40

Vendor shipping charges

$31.34

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.29

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$830.03

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$124.03

Total project goal

$954.06

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$954.06

21 Donors

-$950.32

Donations toward project cost

-$830.03

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$120.29

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.74

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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