More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
Keeping the Magic of Books
My students need collections of books like, The Never Girls collection and Diary of a 6th grade Ninja.
My students come to school every day with a smile on their faces, wanting to learn and ready for a new adventure. My fifth graders are eager to share stories about their families, their lives, and their fears. I hope for my students to be ready with knowledge, but also with curiosity and interest in what the future holds for them. I want them to believe that they can change their future.
My students are from different parts of East Oakland, but they are primarily from under-served communities that are traditionally limited in their access to great educational experiences.
They are primarily Latino, speaking a variety of home languages: Mam, Quiche, Spanish, and English. But they are most of all, economically disenfranchised. Ninety percent of the students at my school receive free lunch.
Their reality has not stopped them from striving to better themselves. They aspire to go to college and to learn and to contribute back to their community. They dream of being lawyers, doctors, teachers, scientists, and soccer players. They want to be that positive change that their community needs.
My students need an array of books from which to choose, books that are of high interest and relevant to them. My students spend 30 minutes a day reading independently so, the books that are in our library have to hold their interest. Book collections like Whatever After, The Never Girls and Diary of a 6th grade Ninja are collections that will keep them engaged.
Book collections are important to our classroom library, not only do they make our library inviting, but they also increase the amount my students read.
Once my students get going on a collect, they don't stop reading until they read all the books in the collection. This is great since our goal is for each student to read 100 books this academic year.
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