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Mr. Jones from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Freeing the Freedom Writers

My students need one class set of the "Freedom Writers Diary," an inspiring true account of high school students overcoming bad situations in rough neighborhoods of L.A.

  • $493 goal

This project expired on April 1, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kids want to explore the writings of their peers and are very excited to read the Freedom Writers Diary, however dog-eared photocopied sections are not enough. They need a book in the hand to feel and to read and know that a 150 kids just like them wrote a piece of the book at in their hands.

They are wonderful kids, high energy, lots of excitement and opinions.

They enjoy the novels and plays that we read together in class, but grew particularly excited when they read a selected diary (14) from Freedom Writers Diary and wanted more. It's rare to get requests, so I'm jumping on it to get them books in hand.

My Project

These kids need to see hope and respect in writing about their own lives and situations. The journal writings of 150 kids just like my students (except they're in L.A. instead of NYC) prove that their experiences of growing up and going to school in an urban, struggling neighborhoods are valid and relevant. The guiding question of this semester is 'How do we rise above poor circumstances to rise above them?" This book is a lighthouse for these kids because it's about real life problems with its solutions that aren't always without a mess.

I belong to an awesome school that has devoted, energetic teachers and administration.

What we don't have is a lot of resources like a budget for new books or a well-stocked book room. Our kids shouldn't have to read weathered photocopies forever.

Mr. Jones
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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The Freedom Writers Diary • AKJ Books $10.94 35 $382.90

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