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Mr. Straus from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

How Will We Have a Reading Rainbow if We Don't Have Books?

My students need literature that will spark their passion for reading. The selection includes books in Spanish, graphic novels, new young adult literature, and some popular favorites like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  • $737 goal

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My Students

My 8th graders are a diverse bunch from English learners to above-grade level readers. They've got ambition to reach their goals, finish high school, compete in a 21st century workforce, and attend college and beyond.

We are an inner city school serving a Latinx population with 100% of our students qualifying for free breakfast and lunch.

Many of my students fall below the poverty line and face challenging situations at home. They come to school with grit and do not let their hardships weigh them down.

My Project

My goal is to build a library of 1,000 books. My library supplements the school library, which has not received funding for books in two years.

The majority of 8th graders in Oklahoma City are at a 5th-grade reading level; if they don't have books that draw them to reading, that gap will grow wider.

Reading comprehension is one of the most important determinants of academic success.. A student's reading level can jump several years by making reading a part of their daily routine. Access to books to accommodate different reading levels and interests will help encourage 2+ years of reading growth this year for my students.

Mr. Straus
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 87 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books (Books 1-10) • Amazon Business $79.70 1 $79.70
Dork Diaries x 10 title set: Dork Diaries / Party Time / How to Dork your Diary / Pop Star / Dear Dork / TV Star / Skating Sensation / Holiday Heartbreak / OMG / Once Upon a Dork • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Boxed Set (4 Books) • Amazon Business $26.54 1 $26.54
Diario de una adolescente (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.20 2 $22.40
Rebeldes (Serie Roja) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $18.11 1 $18.11
Internment • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Darius the Great Is Not Okay • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
What If It's Us • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Diario de Greg 5. La horrible realidad (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope • Amazon Business $14.22 1 $14.22
Diario de Greg # 6: Sin salida (Spanish Edition) (Diario De Greg / Diary of a Wimpy Kid) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 (Star Wars (Marvel)) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Diario de Greg # 4: Días de perros (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Diario de Greg (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
We Are Okay • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Book Thief • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Wonder • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Strange the Dreamer • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
The Metamorphosis • Amazon Business $10.51 1 $10.51
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Getaway • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Batman: Year One • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Dragon Ball Super, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
One-Punch Man, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dragon Ball Super, Vol. 3 • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Black Hand: The Story of Rene Boxer Enriquez and His Life in the Mexican Mafia • Amazon Business $7.56 1 $7.56
Dragon Ball Super, Vol. 2 • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Paper Towns • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48

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