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Mr. Forsyth from Darby PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Beat the Testing Blues!

My students need wonderful graphic novels, such as the newest edition of "Black Panther" and Matt Phelan's "Snow White".

  • $395 goal

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My Students

My students attend an urban, high-poverty, and racially and ethnically segregated public middle school in Delaware County, just outside of Philadelphia. The books I've selected therefore mirror the experiences of my students, as well as offer them opportunities to learn about life in the wider world. Most of my students have few opportunities to travel outside of their townships, and so we explore the world through books! We read literature, poetry, and news articles as a whole class, but aside from my own contributions, my students have little access to books that capture their imaginations or relate to their own struggles.

My Project

April is state testing month in Pennsylvania, and this means two things: lots of concentration, followed by lots of downtime. At our school, teachers proctor the test for four hours each morning. Some students need silence to concentrate for the entire time, but most will finish and need to remain sitting silently. Our district has even outlawed drawing. So, what does this leave us with? Books, of course!

We already have a solid classroom library; however, we need new graphic and young adult novels to set aside strictly for testing.

Teachers are not allowed to administer the state tests to students they teach, and we therefore serve as proctors for our homerooms. These are not students who I teach on a daily basis, but several of them are avid readers, oftentimes drifting in during their lunch period. By spreading this "book fever" to students from different cross-sections of the school with new copies of Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Black Panther" and "The Wrath and the Dawn" by Renee Ahdieh, all roped off in the corner with a sign reading: "Open during PSSAs!", we hope to continue to build our classroom into an oasis of good books.

Because our library is still only open two days out of the week due to budget cuts, your donations will allow our already-ravenous readers the new titles they crave, while also deepening our arsenal to combat the feigned apathy of our pickiest readers. Again and again, research on the reading habits of adolescents has shown that they require three key ingredients to enter into the "club of readers": a capable curator and guide, and excellent options coupled with the time and space to explore them. Testing will provide us with the time, and we need you to help provide the books!

Mr. Forsyth
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 100 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Snow White: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Heaven Is a Playground: 4th Edition • Amazon Business $15.35 1 $15.35
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Black Panther: World of Wakanda • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
King's Cage (Red Queen) • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $13.03 1 $13.03
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir • Amazon Business $12.81 1 $12.81
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Black Panther Book 4: Avengers of the New World Book 1 • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2 • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Nimona • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Binti • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 • Amazon Business $9.72 1 $9.72
A Silent Voice 1 • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Escape From Lucien (Amulet #6) • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
Firelight (Amulet #7) • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5) • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening • Amazon Business $7.73 1 $7.73
Ghosts • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn) • Amazon Business $4.02 1 $4.02

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