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  • $523 goal

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Ms. Kilgallen
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed
Student-led project

Help Us Build A Culturally Responsive Class Library

We need books to improve literacy and encourage students to get excited about reading.

About My Students

I am excited that my students took the initiative to problem-solve and find a way for our class to get books to build a library. Jada, Ja'Mya, Enrique, Logan, and Marco all brainstormed and thought that creating a project through Donors Choose would be the best option for our class.

Our school department textbooks in at least fifteen years; we do not have novels, or books of any kind. Our class library is small, and has been built by purchases made exclusively by me. Recently we were discussing the fact that our library (if you can call it that) is so small, and badly in need of revitalizing. My students started talking about how we could solve this problem--they are interested in reading, but there is nothing for them to read. One of them asked, "Well, could we get donations?" After some class-wide discussion, my students decided to research ways to fund raise and get the materials. One of them quickly came across Donors Choose, and they decided collectively that a student-led project, to get books they are interested in, would be the best option.

My students will develop both academic and social-skills through this project. Academically, they will increase their literacy. Once they build their reading ability, they will be able to be far more successful academically. The various reading levels of the books which they selected reflects the fact that there will be growth once they begin reading regularly. This is which is critical for their success in higher education. They will develop the the skills of teamwork and real-life problem solving through working on this project, as they will physically build the library together, create a list of books, and a system for checking out the novels. They have also taken the initiative to solve a real-life problem they experience at our school. Learning to problem-solve and developing self-advocacy is critical for success in life, for college, and in any career field. Their development of these skills will truly be invaluable for their success throughout their lives.

In Their Own Words

We are trying to get books so that our classroom can have a better library. Our class library right now does not have many books, and the ones we have are old and not very interesting. We want books that we are excited to read, but our school does not have the money to buy them. This project will allow us to have the ability to practice reading, which will help us to be more successful in our lives and on tests which emphasize reading, like the ACT. We really need new books to accomplish this.

We will work together to build the library once the books come in, developing a system to borrow the books, and managing the library as a class. This will require us to work together as a team and to develop our leadership skills, as we develop the system. Once we have the books and have created our check-out system, we will have created our very own class library. This is exciting because we will have created the whole thing by ourselves, and we will get to benefit from it ourselves too.

This project is important to our class and to our school community, because it will provide us with materials that we need to learn. Our school faces the problem of a lack of funding and a lack of resources. We are willing to work hard to be successful but need the resources to do so. Funding this project will provide us with the materials we need to improve our reading and to get excited about reading. This will help us to get ready for college and throughout our lives.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present • Amazon Business $24.32 1 $24.32
The Complete Poetry • Amazon Business $21.63 1 $21.63
Mathematicians Are People, Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians • Amazon Business $17.44 1 $17.44
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America (Coretta Scott King Award - Author Winner Title(s)) • Amazon Business $17.28 1 $17.28
The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families • Amazon Business $16.57 1 $16.57
Carver: A Life in Poems • Amazon Business $16.32 1 $16.32
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Nat Turner • Amazon Business $13.83 1 $13.83
It's Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
The Women of Brewster Place (Penguin Contemporary American Fiction Series) • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
Citizen: An American Lyric • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet • Amazon Business $13.24 1 $13.24
Beautiful. And Ugly Too • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books (Hardcover)) • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $11.47 1 $11.47
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Reservation Blues • Amazon Business $11.28 1 $11.28
Buck: A Memoir • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
Brown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) • Amazon Business $11.01 1 $11.01
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Bailey's Cafe • Amazon Business $10.68 1 $10.68
Flight: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.37 1 $9.37
Beloved • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) • Amazon Business $8.33 1 $8.33
How It Went Down • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • Amazon Business $6.74 1 $6.74
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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This project will reach 200 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by ExxonMobil & Think It Up Supporters and one other donor.

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