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Ms. Kapheim from Waukegan IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Helping My Students Become Lifelong Readers

My students need wonderful, well-written books to connect to their lives.

  • $543 goal

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My Students

The students in my school are curious about the world and committed to making their community a better place. Many of my students speak English as their second language, and struggle finding books that they connect to and enjoy.

Some students have a negative connotation about reading, and one of my great joys in life is connecting a student to a piece of literature that speaks to them, that helps them understand themselves and our world differently.

Hearing from former students that they still have the book that I gave them, or that our classroom novels and discussions helped them decide who they wanted to become is a bright part of life, and I want that to continue.

My Project

Great books allow our kids to connect both to themselves and the world at large. Books allow my students to dream and learn beyond the world they know, to imagine a different future.

"We read to know we are not alone," said C.S.

Lewis... that poster is on my classroom wall, and it speaks a truth that I desperately want my students to understand. Having a robust library in my classroom makes that experience possible, but over the years my selection has dwindled as students wanted to keep the books they had grown to love. There is no work more important than sparking and maintaining a curiosity for all the gifts that books give to our lives.

Ms. Kapheim
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket 13 Books Collection Pack Set (Includes the Bad Beginning, the Reptile Room, the Wide Window, the Miserable Mill, the Austere Academy, the Grim Grotto, the Penultimate Peril, the End) • Amazon Business $92.57 1 $92.57
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $12.00 6 $72.00
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $52.16 1 $52.16
The Forest of Hands and Teeth • Amazon Business $9.32 3 $27.96
The Wrinkle in Time Quintet Boxed Set (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children • Amazon Business $9.89 2 $19.78
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business $9.79 2 $19.58
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book One • Amazon Business $5.27 3 $15.81
Through the Woods • Amazon Business $15.11 1 $15.11
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) • Amazon Business $6.63 2 $13.26
Kill Shakespeare Volume 1 • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town • Amazon Business $5.92 2 $11.84
The Graveyard Book • Amazon Business $3.50 3 $10.50
Pet Sematary • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Coraline: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Anya's Ghost • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Odyssey • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19

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