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Ms. Hurney from Fall River MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fostering A Love of Reading This Holiday Season

Help me give my students a self selected book to keep and treasure as their very own.

  • $1,126 goal

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My Students

My 8th graders live in a city that was once filled with bustling mills and factories and was a beacon of hope for immigrants pursuing the American Dream.

Our city now faces socio-economic hardships.

The ones most affected by this are the children; 59% qualify for free or reduced lunch, 70% qualify as having high needs, and 20% has a first language is not English.

Despite these hardships, our community is a family first community; a place where our students feel safe and cared for. Our school is a community PK-8 School where many of my students' younger siblings attend, and where most of my 8th graders have been learning for all of their academic lives.

My Project

As we are entering the holiday season, it is a time of the unknown for my students. While most children excitedly wait for presents, my students often become anxious because they are not sure what Christmas morning will bring. My students have each selected a book that they would like in our class library. Little do they know, that if all books are purchased, they will be bringing their selection home to keep.

When my students select a book for themselves, it is one small way they can empower and advocate for themselves.

Sending my students off to Christmas break with a new book is one way we can brighten their holiday.

This opportunity to own a personally chosen piece of literature fosters a love of reading and reminds them what they do have control over, no matter how minor it may seem. In an environment where the unknown is looming, possessing a book can make all the difference.

Ms. Hurney
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 50 students.

25 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dead Girls Don't Lie • Amazon Business $8.72 7 $61.04
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The First Official Stranger Things Novel • Amazon Business $10.96 5 $54.80
Crying Laughing • Amazon Business $17.99 3 $53.97
Two Can Keep a Secret • Amazon Business $10.79 5 $53.95
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) • Amazon Business $7.39 7 $51.73
The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty: (humorous fantasy and science fiction for young adults) • Amazon Business $15.26 3 $45.78
Caped: The Omega Superhero Book One (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $12.99 3 $38.97
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.85 3 $35.55
Just Jaime (Emmie & Friends) • Amazon Business $11.69 3 $35.07
Killing Mr. Griffin (Lois Duncan Thrillers) • Amazon Business $6.98 5 $34.90
Don't Look Behind You (Lois Duncan Thrillers) • Amazon Business $10.99 3 $32.97
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $10.49 3 $31.47
Noise: A graphic novel based on a true story • Amazon Business $9.99 3 $29.97
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Lois Duncan Thrillers) • Amazon Business $9.89 3 $29.67
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $14.20 2 $28.40
Locked in Time • Amazon Business $8.98 3 $26.94
Girl, Stolen: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.91 3 $23.73
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $10.52 2 $21.04
Summer of Fear (Lois Duncan Thrillers) • Amazon Business $6.98 3 $20.94
Stranger With My Face (Lois Duncan Thrillers) • Amazon Business $6.94 3 $20.82
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (1) • Amazon Business $8.65 2 $17.30
Tell Me Three Things • Amazon Business $8.19 2 $16.38
I Funny: A Middle School Story • Amazon Business $8.00 2 $16.00
Shadow Jumper: A mystery adventure book for children and teens aged 10-14 • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
American Royals • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
When I Was the Greatest • Amazon Business $8.38 1 $8.38
Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Basketball • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
Invictus • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
How to Be a Supervillain • Amazon Business $7.57 1 $7.57
When We Collided • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Best Friends • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79

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