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Mr. Coleman from Long Island City NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Build Our Passion Library!

Help me give my students the self selected books they love to read and a bookcase to house them.

  • $795 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are an incredibly diverse, driven bunch of 11 and 12 year olds who love to learn and are voracious for new knowledge. Many of my students are the sons and daughters of immigrants - the American Dream is still very much alive in Queens. Their parents came to America hoping to give their children the education they couldn't achieve in their own home countries. With our incredibly supportive staff and family community, these students truly are receiving a first class education to help them be successful.

When my students are interested and engaged, nothing can stop them.

Whether is tackling exponents in math, or learning about the Earth's crust in science, the work they put out is phenomenal. However, as many of them speak English as their second language, reading has continued to be a struggle. Part of the struggle as they reach adolescence, has been a lack of books they actually want to read. This project is designed to begin to build my classroom's first passion library. I know just having access to interesting, meaningful books on their reading level will increase students reading output and abilities.

My Project

When I surveyed my kids, they said they LOVE reading, but can never find anything they actually WANT to read. Every Friday during our class study hall, we have independent read time. My students often don't come with any book because it's too hard for them to get to the library and their parents cannot afford books. Solution? A high-interest classroom library that will build every year!

This will be the inaugural year for our classroom library of student-chosen books.

Every book has been hand selected by a student in my classroom. As a burgeoning teenager, being able to have some agency in your own learning builds invaluable investment in students. Everyday when they enter the classroom and see this library, they will understand that their interests matter, that reading matters, and that their education is valuable.

I plan on adding individual books to the library when my budget allows it, but please consider helping out with some of the more big ticket items. For instance, earlier this year I took my students to see a Harry Potter exhibit at the New York Historical Society. SO many of them were telling me how they had had the chance to read Harry Potter but had never found the complete collection. Either their library didn't have it, their classroom library was missing editions or it was too expensive. I am thrilled to potentially be the teacher to put the love of reading back into the hands of my awesome students.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $52.99 2 $105.98
Hayden 5-Shelf Standard Bookcase, Black (9615026P) • Staples Advantage $85.99 1 $85.99
Classroom Library Must-Haves: Grades 4-6 (DonorsChoose.org Exclusive) - Box of 20 titles / Grades 4-6 • Scholastic Magazines and Book Clubs $75.00 1 $75.00
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 12 Books Complete Collection Set Box of Books NEW 2018 Edition • Amazon Business $63.90 1 $63.90
Dork Diaries By Rachel Renee Russell 12 Books Collection Set (Puppy Love, Holiday Heartbreak, TV Star, Pop Star, Frenemies Forever, Skating Sensation, Party Time) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $31.50 1 $31.50
Raina Telgemeier Collection • Amazon Business $27.70 1 $27.70
Maze Runner Classic X 5 Set • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.44 2 $22.88
His Dark Materials Yearling 3-book Boxed Set • Amazon Business $21.57 1 $21.57
Wonder • Amazon Business $9.49 2 $18.98
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $9.38 2 $18.76
Naruto: 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 1 (Uzumaki Naruto / The Worst Client / Dreams) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Stories of Life, Love and Learning (Chicken Soup for the Soul) • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship To The Max • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44

Materials cost

$628.09

Vendor shipping charges

$7.50

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.42

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$675.01

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$119.12

Total project goal

$794.13

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$794.13

15 Donors

-$535.04

Donations toward project cost

-$505.78

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.26

match offer

-$259.09

Match offer toward project cost

-$220.23

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$38.86

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$12.54

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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