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Mrs. Dean from Ogden UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

High-Interest Library for our Youth in Custody Reading Program

Help me give my students high-interest books to help them get hooked on reading.

  • $450 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our High School is located inside a Youth in Care Secure Facility. At this alternative education high school, students are special for many reasons. They come from diverse backgrounds, have been raised in challenging home environments, and have found themselves in trouble with the law. On the whole, they lack life experience, academic vocabulary, and world knowledge. Despite the difficulties they have experienced, when they come to class, they are eager to learn and open to new ideas.

Since enrolled at School, students have the opportunity to receive the education that they have often missed in their past.

The majority of our students are below grade level in most academic areas. For example, some students show a discrepancy between their reading grade level and their comprehension level. Our students have not been exposed to literature, the arts, and are lacking knowledge outside their local communities. We have an ideal situation for teaching as student attendance and behavior is less of an issue. They come to class with clear, drug-free minds and are also more motivated to succeed. It is exciting to have these students asking for books to read!

My Project

Books and supplies will enhance the reading program at our High School located in the Youth Correctional Facility. A variety of reading options are valuable resources in motivating these teenagers to read. Teaching supplies are also necessary for organizing records, lesson plans, and teaching materials.

I believe that your support will help these students to create a better life for themselves.

Building a captivating school library will help us transform reluctant readers into readers. Our pupils are in the ideal situation to catch up on the education that has eluded them. They come to school drug and alcohol-free, with a night of good sleep, well-fed and alert. Missing school is not an option.

We give all incoming students a battery of reading assessments to determine their reading level; our program targets students who score below grade level. These students are tutored four times a week, using the researched-based, University of Utah Reading Higher-Steps Program. The data we collect has shown that students gain an average of 1.7-grade levels in 33 sessions. It is fun to show the students their growth and their ability to become good readers. Your aid will help our at-risk students work towards a better future.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $10.79 3 $32.37
They Broke the Law―You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime • Amazon Business $14.28 2 $28.56
Educated: A Memoir • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Cardinal Premier Easy Open 3-Ring Binder, 1.5", ONE-Touch Easy Open Locking Round Rings, 325-Sheet Capacity, ClearVue Cover, PVC-Free, White (11110CB) • Amazon Business $5.53 5 $27.65
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $7.19 3 $21.57
All American Boys • Amazon Business $9.97 2 $19.94
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.31 2 $18.62
Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 3 $16.44
The Witches • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Fantastic Mr. Fox • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
C-Line Traditional Standard Weight Poly Sheet Protectors, Clear, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 100 per Box (03213) • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
Pentel Twist-Erase Click Mechanical Pencil Set - 6 Mechanical Pencils, 6 Extra Erasers, 3 Tubes of Lead Refills • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Avery 17001 Durable View Binder w/Slant Rings, 11 x 8 1/2, 1/2 inch, Black • Amazon Business $2.64 4 $10.56
Avery 8-Tab Binder Dividers, Insertable Multicolor Big Tabs, 6 Sets (11111) • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
Cardinal Premier Easy Open 3-Ring Binder, 2", ONE-Touch Easy Open Locking Round Rings, 425-Sheet Capacity, ClearVue Cover, PVC-Free, White (11120) • Amazon Business $7.36 1 $7.36
Ampad Evidence Quad Dual-Pad, Quadrille Rule, Letter Size (8.5 x 11.75), White, 100 Sheets per Pad (20-210) • Amazon Business $6.16 1 $6.16
U Brands Low Odor Mini Dry Erase Markers, Medium Point, Assorted Colors, 6-Count • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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