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Mrs. Mirkiewicz-Laboy from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Graphic Novels for Grateful Students

Help me give my students over 40 graphic novels for independent reading time.

  • $551 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are all diverse learners. They have varying disabilities, and they participate in the academic setting with their peers. Some of the students I work with have significant reading deficits that hinder their ability to read texts at grade level independently. Students who read significantly below grade level can face embarrassment because of their difficulty reading grade-appropriate texts. Furthermore, there are many instances where the books a student reads independently are not on mature topics that they are interested in.

Graphic novels have provided a real turning point for many of my students and their peers.

My students and their peers have found a common interest in their love of graphic novels. I love seeing my students pick up books and truly enjoy independent reading time!

My Project

My project focuses on providing graphic novels for middle school students who read below their grade level. Students participate in independent reading time daily in their reading class. We call this time "DEAR: Drop Everything and Read."

For students who struggle with reading, this time can be embarrassing for so many.

Middle school is a tough time: students want to feel accepted by their peers, included in friend groups, and included in classroom participation. Graphic novels have provided a real turning point for many of my students and their peers. My students and their peers love graphic novels; these texts have helped so many students develop a love of reading. Graphic novels are high-interest and lower-reading level texts that provide a format of text that allows even the most struggling readers a wonderful opportunity to independently read the same texts as their peers, facilitating a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and accomplishment among students.

I try to provide as many graphic novels and other high-interest low-readability books as I can, but I would love to have a collection in my classroom for students to enjoy every day throughout the year.

(All graphic novels are kept in a cabinet in the resource room but can be checked out by students with disabilities as well as general education students. Students then take a short comprehension quiz on each text.)

Mrs. Mirkiewicz-Laboy
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1-7: A Graphix Collection: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $53.94 1 $53.94
The Big Sparkly Box of Unicorn Magic: Phoebe and Her Unicorn Box Set Volume 1-4 • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
Nimona • Amazon Business $16.82 1 $16.82
Lowriders in Space • Amazon Business $16.33 1 $16.33
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
Jane, the Fox, and Me • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
Illegal • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
Baba Yaga's Assistant • Amazon Business $13.77 1 $13.77
Pax • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
The Dam Keeper, Book 1 • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 • Amazon Business $12.63 1 $12.63
Bera the One-Headed Troll • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85
Roller Girl • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
A Graphix Book: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Ghostopolis • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
Cardboard • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Escape From the Lizzarks (Nnewts) • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Princeless: Save Yourself • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
Jellaby: Monster in the City • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China (Single Titles) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Suee and the Shadow • Amazon Business $9.58 1 $9.58
Bad Island • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
The Time Museum • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Nightlights • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Silence of Our Friends • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Robot Dreams • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48

Materials cost

$431.13

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.47

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$467.60

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$82.52

Total project goal

$550.12

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$550.12

2 Donors

-$275.06

Donations toward project cost

-$233.80

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.26

match offer

-$275.06

Match offer toward project cost

-$233.80

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.26

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$0.00

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