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Ms. Harmon from Cleveland OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Want to Know: The Secret Life of Bees

Help me give my students the opportuntity to read a classic novel, The Secret Life of Bees, and give them the chance to make meaningful connections to their lives and the world today.

  • $393 goal

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My Students

Nearly 100% of my students are from low income and minority backgrounds. Many of my students come from single parent households so, even though they are only 15 or 16 years old, they either work or help raise their younger siblings. In addition, our school and our city is underfunded and under-resourced. Despite facing a myriad of challenges, most of my students persevere and still come to school daily with a smile on their face.

They value fairness, honesty, compassion, and loyalty.

They are at the age where they still laugh and play, but can have mature intelligent class discussions.

My Project

This novel and teacher’s guide will help to enhance the print-rich classroom that I strive to create. My classroom library is a place that I try to make enjoyable for my students. The only problem is it becomes taxing on my pockets. We read a novel every year, and this year I want the students to read something classic and relatable, but from a book that’s not falling apart. This novel, in particular, was chosen with my students in mind. This book will allow my students to explore and analyze issues they deal with every day: power, intolerance, justice, racism, reputation, and they’ll see how history can repeat itself many years later.

Many of the books we read are old, falling apart, and the content isn’t relatable.

The students began to feel upset because they don’t understand why they have to read book that are held together by tape and staples. I believe that the student’s will take pride in these new books and will be more eager to dive into the discussion and lessons I plan alongside. I also would like for my students to have their own copy to read from. We often have to share novels when reading, or I make copies of chapters as we read. Having a class set will allow for each student to focus on the novel and not be distracted by having to share a book.

Ms. Harmon
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Secret Life of Bees • AKJ Education $11.68 25 $292.00
Secret Life of Bees Teacher Guide • AKJ Education $7.00 1 $7.00

Materials cost

$299.00

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.48

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$333.48

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$58.85

Total project goal

$392.33

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$392.33

1 Donor

-$196.16

Donations toward project cost

-$166.74

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.42

match offer

-$196.16

Match offer toward project cost

-$166.74

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.42

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$0.00

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