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Ms. Abounader-Ciesla from Elmhurst NY is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Me Scare My School!

My students need 2 to 3 copies of 12 more scary books in the library!

  • $283 goal

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Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

This project is a part of the Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month celebration because it supports a Latino teacher or a school where the majority of students are Latino.

I am the librarian at an urban public elementary school (grades K-5) in New York. We are a high needs school with a large population of English Language Learners (54% of our students), and only 50% of our students read at or above their grade levels. The school has about 1,600 students, and only about 9,500 library books. 3rd-5th grade students can only visit the library once per month, but due to the very low ratio of books per student I can only allow them to check out one book at a time.

Day in and day out, the library is a chorus of requests: "Miss, can you give us scary stories?" "Goosebumps?" "Scary stories?" "R.L. Stein?" These questions are usually followed by a loud, "AWWWWWW!" after I tell them that all of the scary books have been checked out by other students. These students need to practice their independent reading, and one of my jobs as the school librarian is to help them do this. However, it's difficult to get them to read if I don't have the books that they want!

In short, I need more scary books to give to my students. I need books that they want to read, books that make them realize that reading is fun and worthwhile. I want to give them books that will make them beg their teachers to take them back to the library. I want them to be able to improve their reading skills without realizing that they're doing it.

I am the first librarian that the school has had in many years, and I am doing my best to foster a love of reading in my students. I think I'm on the right track, but my success in this endeavor is dependent on my students having access to books that they want to read. Please - help me scare my school!

Ms. Abounader-Ciesla
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $7.15 3 $21.45
Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps Horrorland Series #1) Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
The Scream of the Haunted Mask (Goosebumps Horrorland Series #4) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Creep from the Deep (Goosebumps Horrorland Series #2) Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Dr. Maniac vs. Robby Schwartz (Goosebumps Horrorland Series #5) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Monster Blood For Breakfast! (Goosebumps Horrorland Series #3) R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Scary Stories Barry Moser (Illustrator), Peter Glassman (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 3 $45.75
The Scary Stories Treasury: Three Books to Chill Your Bones A. Schwartz • Barnes and Noble $8.95 3 $26.85
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Alvin Schwartz, Dirk Zimmer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 3 $10.77
Scary Stories for Campfires Margaret Rau, Arthur Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.35 2 $10.70
Scary Stories for Sleepovers C.B. Colby, Margaret Rau, John Macklin, Sheryl Scarborough, Arthur Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.35 2 $10.70
Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World Arielle North Olson, David Linn (Illustrator), Selected by Howard Schwartz • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78

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