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Ms. Groscost from Newhall CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Readers to Seize the Book!

Help me give my students many interesting, relatable choices for their independent reading books!

  • $585 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This year I teach four periods of English 11 students and one period of bilingual students who are attempting to pass their English Language Test (ELPAC). Knowing that choice matters in encouraging students to read, I give my students time in class to read materials of their own choice. Many students at our school qualify for free and reduced lunch and lack the funds to purchase their own reading material. Often the books that they want to read and are hearing about from peers via social media are checked out from the local school and neighborhood libraries, or simply not carried by those places. I lose a lot of books every year, but I view that as an investment in future readers as maybe another family member will pick it up and enjoy.

My students are vibrant, funny, engaged, and curious, but lack the means and abilities to purchase the books that speak to them.

I would love to be able to expand their minds and hearts by providing them with diverse books that both represent and are completely opposite from their own lives.

My Project

In reading "Speak", my students who have been subjected to abuse will find peace; in reading "Across the Wire," my immigrant students will see their own struggles mirrored; and in "The Crossover," my students will see their life/school balance struggles portrayed.

I want my students to have many varied choices in reading; these choices should both reflect the realities of their own lives and encourage them to build empathy for those living in completely different worlds.

I have had about 10 students ask me for "The Hate U Give" in the last week alone. We have to nurture their interest!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $12.18 5 $60.90
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $11.19 3 $33.57
Ready Player One • AKJ Education $11.68 2 $23.36
When I Was Puerto Rican A Memoir • AKJ Education $7.52 2 $15.04
Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
All American Boys • AKJ Education $13.99 1 $13.99
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $13.14 1 $13.14
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.15 1 $12.15
Dancing Home • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Crossing the Wire • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
The Handmaid's Tale A Novel • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.20 1 $11.20
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $11.17 1 $11.17
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $10.71 1 $10.71
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Monster • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
145th Street: Short Stories • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Speak • AKJ Education $6.98 1 $6.98
Tangerine • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Walk Two Moons • AKJ Education $5.93 1 $5.93
Ghost • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Lemonade War • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Love That Dog • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Because of Mr. Terupt • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The One and Only Ivan • AKJ Education $5.58 1 $5.58
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.48 1 $5.48
Hatchet • AKJ Education $5.48 1 $5.48
Boys Without Names • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Indian in the Cupboard • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89

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