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Mr. Hew from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Keeping The Fire Burning For Reluctant Readers

My students need a variety of 35 young adult books, including works by L. Divine and Sharon Draper.

  • $380 goal

This project expired on January 10, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"You NEED to be able to read..." These are the words that I often whisper into the ears of my frustrated students when they are supposed to be reading independently. Many of my students are apathetic readers who come in and do not share the same passion for reading as I do.

There is a vast amount of educational data out there and the ability to read is the single most important factor in setting up a child for success.

With my first few DonorsChoose projects, I was able to hook many of these reluctant readers with the initial set of books I received. After a student read one or two of these books, they wanted to continue to read because they genuinely enjoyed what they read and they felt as if the author was speaking directly to them. Unfortunately, when these reluctant readers finished all of the books in a specific series, genre, or by a specific author, many of them went back to their old habits. I was SO CLOSE to lighting the fire within them that would make them habitual readers, but I ran out of resources.

My Project

Sadly, some of my students do not believe that college is in their future. It’s because their reading levels are so drastically low. If these students were exposed to a variety of series, genres, and authors that they were interested in, many of them would have aspirations to get into college and graduate. It’s not that my students lack the ability (they are oozing with potential). It’s simply a shortage of books that keeps my students’ passion for reading at locked away. It is crucial that my students have as many options as possible to sustain their reading and turn this into a life-long habit. With your donations, my students will have a convenient (and free!!!) place to find books that will explode their thinking and help them develop the work ethic they need to become the educated and hard working leaders of tomorrow.

Many of my students are now in love with reading and value its life changing importance, but there are still far too many that WE have not been able to reach.

Help me help my students change our world. Together, we can ignite their love of reading.

Mr. Hew
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crazy Beautiful Lauren Baratz-Logsted • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
Sister Sister Babygirl Daniels • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
16 1/2 on the Block, Vol. 2 Babygirl Daniels • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Glitter: A Baby Drama, Vol. 4 Babygiirl Daniels • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
16 On the Block Babygirl Daniels • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Ball Don't Lie Matt de la Pena • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Tears of a Tiger Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Forged by Fire Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Copper Sun Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Romiette and Julio Sharon M. Draper, Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Darkness Before Dawn Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Fire from the Rock Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Just Another Hero Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
November Blues Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Battle of Jericho Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Just Another Hero Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Double Dutch Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Frenemies (Drama High Series #4) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
The Fight (Drama High Series #1) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Keep It Movin' (Drama High Series #8) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Hustlin' (Drama High Series #7) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Cold As Ice (Drama High Series #10) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Culture Clash (Drama High Series #10) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Holidaze (Drama High Series: Super Edition) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Second Chance (Drama High Series #2) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Drama High: the Meltdown: The Meltdown L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Lady J (Drama High Series #5) L. Divine, L. Devine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Jayd's Legacy (Drama High Series #3) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Courtin' Jayd (Drama High Series #6) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Pushin' (Drama High Series) L. Divine • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
After Amy Efaw • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Perfect Chemistry Simone Elkeles • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
Sleepless Thomas Fahy • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
If I Stay Gayle Forman • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Brutal Michael Harmon • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61

Materials cost

$283.11

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.25

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$322.36

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$56.89

Total project goal

$379.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$379.25

3 Donors

-$110.00

Donations toward project cost

-$93.50

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$16.50

match offer

-$269.25

Match offer toward project cost

-$228.86

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$40.39

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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