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Mrs. Gunn from Des Moines WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Graphic Novels Grab Reluctant Readers

My students need 24 books that have high appeal; graphic novels are perfect for this particularly for reluctant readers.

  • $295 goal

This project expired on April 17, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

By the time they reach high school many struggling readers have decided they hate books and that books hate them. This creates so many barriers for their education. Graphic novels can be key in turning this around. They help kids find the fun in reading and this opens their minds about other texts.

My 1,300+ 9th-12th graders come from very diverse backgrounds.

Our minority and immigrant populations increase every year and we now have over 29 first languages spoken. Over 50% of our students also qualify for free and reduced lunch. We are located just south of a major city near the airport. My students' interest in reading varies greatly. Some are voracious readers, and others don't want to even look at a book. For this reason it is essential that we have a huge variety of materials so that I can find the perfect fit for each individual.

My Project

Graphic novels by definition are extremely visual. This format connects strongly with readers who are turned off by traditional chapter books. Helping students have positive experiences with reading is huge for their further development. They are more willing to try different types of materials once they've experienced success and enjoyment a few times. The more students read (regardless of text type) the better they get at reading. The specific titles I've selected are additional volumes of series that I already have. These series have been very popular and are constantly circulating. Students are rereading the titles I have so I know they will be thrilled to see new ones on the shelf.

This project is extremely important because we no longer have district funding for library materials.

Donations will make it possible to have new books for students who wouldn't otherwise get them. Plus, I think the students will be amazed that people thought enough of them to buy books that they think are great.

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

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This project will reach 999 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pantheon High, Volume 2: Hades and Homecoming Paul Benjamin, Steven Cummings, Steven Cummings (Illustrator), Megumi Cummings (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Kat and Mouse Alex De Campi, Federica Manfredi • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Dragon Eye, Volume 7 Kairi Fujiyama • AKJ BOOKS $9.73 1 $9.73
Dragon Eye 8 Kairi Fujiyama • AKJ BOOKS $10.09 1 $10.09
Megatokyo: Vol. 06 Fred Gallagher • AKJ BOOKS $7.85 1 $7.85
Whistle!, Volume 7 Higuchi Daisuke, Daisuke Higuchi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Whistle!, Volume 8 Daisuke Higuchi, Daisuke Higuchi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Whistle!, Volume 9 Daisuke Higuchi, Daisuke Higuchi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Whistle!, Volume 10 Daisuke Higuchi • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Bleach, Volume 7: The Broken Coda Tite Kubo, Tite Kubo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.17 1 $7.17
Bleach, Volume 8: The Blade and Me Tite Kubo, Tite Kubo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.17 1 $7.17
Bleach, Volume 9: Fourteen Days For Conspiracy Tite Kubo, Tite Kubo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.17 1 $7.17
Bleach, Volume 10 Tite Kubo, Tite Kubo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.17 1 $7.17
Last Fantasy, Volume 4 Writer Gang (Hon Kwon), Yong-Wan Kwon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Maximum Ride Manga, Volume 3 James Patterson • AKJ BOOKS $8.93 1 $8.93
Fruits Basket, Volume 5 Natsuki Takaya, Natsuki Takaya (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
Fruits Basket, Volume 6 Natsuki Takaya, Natsuki Takaya (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
Fruits Basket, Volume 7 Natsuki Takaya, Jake Forbes, Natsuki Takaya (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
Fruits Basket, Volume 8 Natsuki Takaya • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 7 Hiromu Arakawa, Hiromu Arakawa (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 8 Hiromu Arakawa, Hiromu Arakawa (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 9 Hiromu Arakawa • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 10 Hiromu Arakawa • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 3 Hiromu Arakawa, Hiromu Arakawa (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01

Materials cost

$195.42

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$17.10

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.93

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$250.45

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$44.20

Total project goal

$294.65

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$294.65

1 Donor

-$95.00

Donations toward project cost

-$80.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.25

match offer

-$199.65

Match offer toward project cost

-$169.70

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.95

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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