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Mrs. Burkley from Knoxville TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Increase Literacy with Relevant Texts

My students need books in which they can see characters like themselves in order to encourage a love of reading.

  • $379 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school is located in Tennessee with a large population of high poverty/low income. While this may be true, our students are rich in heart; I can say that this is especially true of the students I teach. I teach a diverse group of learners with varying learning, emotional, and cognitive disabilities.

A majority of the students I teach are eager to learn and improve their reading skills; therefore, they bring a distinguished work ethic and open mind to class everyday.

I have seen firsthand the growth of many of my students and the look of achievement on their faces that accompanies it. Overall, my students are the reason I get out of bed and come to school, not my love of content.

My Project

Often times, students do not read because they do not see themselves in any of the characters in classic literature. They quickly dismiss the books as boring and irrelevant to their lives. The characters in the novels such as Dear Martin, Dread Nation, and American Street would make reading relevant to my students. These novels will be used for literature units as well as independent silent reading in class.

By having books with relevant characters readily available in the classroom, students will see that reading can be a worthwhile activity.

This will then lead to them being more open to other texts in class. Additionally, this would establish a culture of literacy in my classroom.

Mrs. Burkley
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 9 $113.31
Dread Nation • Amazon Business $12.32 9 $110.88
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 4 $30.20
The Belles • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55

Materials cost

$287.72

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.32

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$322.04

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$56.83

Total project goal

$378.87

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$378.87

4 Donors

-$378.87

Donations toward project cost

-$322.04

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$56.83

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$0.00

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