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Mrs. Pillstrom from Hernando MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Get Hooked With Books

Help me give my students one of the most thought provoking books about our local history I've ever read. Before We Were Yours takes a look at scandal in the Memphis area that many people are not aware.

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My Students

Imagine a world where you can read as much as you want and there are like-minded people around to encourage you. That's my wish for the students who have joined my book club. Thanks to the encouragement of school counselors and administration, I am starting a book club for students of all grades. These students love to read and I am hoping to put some amazing pieces of modern literature in their hands.

The students at my school come from all backgrounds and some of them don't have the resources to purchase books on their own.

With this project I will be able to loan all participants a copy of the books we will read and discuss during our club meetings.

My Project

One thing I like about book club is that I get to hang out with fellow book nerds. This group of kids is always hanging around my classroom eager to discuss the next great read. We've worked our way through some of the more exciting books on my shelves, and I would like to put something new and interesting in their hands.

When I first read Before We Were Yours, I was hooked.

I plan to use this book to further my students' interest in local history. We meet once a month to discuss our readings. This will be one of the books I use this year. I will also be able to use this book in literature circles in my ELA classroom during each semester.

Mrs. Pillstrom
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Before We Were Yours: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.20 15 $153.00

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