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Mrs. V. from Norton Shores MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

House vs. Home: Young Adult Novels Featuring Homelessness

My students need books about fellow young adults experiencing homelessness. These novels will help to validate the experiences and various living situations of my students. They will also aid in developing empathy and tolerance.

  • $265 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach 125 of the most amazing 8th graders in the entire world. For many of those kids, school feels like much more of a blessing than home.

At school, they feel warm, they feel safe, they feel loved.

My students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. I have students from a range of races, religions, sexual orientations, abilities, socioeconomic statuses, and experiences. Many of my students view middle school as a stepping stone that will help them get to the next level academically. Other kids, however, view middle school as their safe haven for the day. This project is for those students.

My Project

The kids in my classroom span a large range of living situations and experiences. Some students alternate between a main house and a beach house, while others aren't sure that they will have a bed that night.

My students who are currently battling homelessness and poverty need to have access to stories that will validate their experiences.

My students love to read, but they TRULY love building connections between themselves and the characters in their stories. My classroom library is beginning to fill up with books about athletes and superheroes and celebrities...but there are very few titles depicting the harsh realities that several of my students face on a day-to-day basis. My hope, in creating this project, is that all of my students will feel supported and validated, and that each student in my room grows in empathy through reading, sharing, and discussing these very real-world issues.

Mrs. V.
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
In Real Life • Amazon Business $15.43 1 $15.43
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
No Place • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Time Bomb • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
We'll Fly Away • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Where I Live • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
Saving Red • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
A Tinfoil Sky • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Tyrell • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Crash (Orca Soundings) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
Scorpions • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Can't Get There from Here • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
Count All Her Bones (Girl, Stolen) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Perfect Escape • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Girl, Stolen: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Runner • Amazon Business $6.01 1 $6.01

Materials cost

$191.97

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.88

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$224.85

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$39.68

Total project goal

$264.53

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$264.53

2 Donors

-$129.18

Donations toward project cost

-$115.05

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.13

match offer

-$129.18

Match offer toward project cost

-$109.80

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$19.38

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$6.17

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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