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Mr. Mitchell from Eureka CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Build an Absorbing Class Library From Scratch

Help me give my students a book to hook them, inspire, and engage them.

  • $474 goal

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My Students

My seventh graders are easily some of the most energetic, driven, creative and empathetic young people I've met in the course of my career. They come from a spectrum of socioeconomic and family backgrounds, all hailing from the modest neighborhoods surrounding our rural school, flanked by a giant redwood forest. Enrollment has been steadily declining the past few years as the economy shifts. About 10-15 % of my kids are homeless.

Like most 12-13 year old kids, my students are consistently and brilliantly random, crave novelty, and are prone to getting hooked by a particularly good story or enthusiastically offering their opinions when a relevant topic actually grabs their fickle attention spans.

As a noob to the school this year, I heard many anecdotes about this particular group: the class of 2024. Some said their sixth grade year was a near disaster, in part due to a shortage of teachers at the small school and consistency in the classroom. Mostly it seemed like a large number of students had come from genuinely tough circumstances, and needed to be retaught to hold themselves to higher academic and social expectations. I firmly believe they will rise to the challenge this year.

My Project

Since I first entered my barren classroom, I have dreamed about building a library chock full of new takes on old history, fiction that bends mind and plants the seeds of empathy, and graphic novel series that are just, well, "lit" as the kids might say.

While I have purchased a few dozen books and comics on my own to get it started, my personal funds are woefully inadequate, and my legislative funds have been funneled into furnishing basic classroom supplies as I begin my assignment at an incredible, small rural school in Northern California.

Thus, I'm embarking on my first project to convey the need for my 130 something students to have a surefire place to access quality and relevant print and text.

Mr. Mitchell
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet #1-7 Box Set • Amazon Business $57.26 1 $57.26
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $52.16 1 $52.16
Lewis & Clark • Amazon Business $19.00 1 $19.00
Anya's Ghost • Amazon Business $9.34 2 $18.68
Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border (BONE #5) • Amazon Business $9.09 2 $18.18
Watchmen • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Arrival • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
V for Vendetta • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
March: Book One • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Estranged • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Great Cow Race (BONE #2) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Out from Boneville (BONE #1) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09

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