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Mr. Borie from Richmond CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Love Books

Help me give my students exciting writing tools and a small library of various reading levels, so that they may independently select books that actually fit their interests!

  • $599 goal

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My Students

Greetings. I began teaching the majority of my students this last summer as incoming freshman. These students could have gone to a public school and avoided three additional weeks of waking up early for class (followed by the walloping Summer Packet), but all of them decided that the more rigorous school was in their best interest.

My students realize that the future is full of uncertainties, but that hard work towards an education will empower them to overcome any obstacle and fulfill positive, passionate goals.

Our demographics are around 90% Chicana/o, and the other 10% is quite diverse. My students are sharp and hilarious. They are uplifting to each other; it feels like a true learning community. We have nurtured an academic camaraderie that I wish everybody could experience while in school.

My Project

Most schools have libraries - ours does not. Since last summer I have been acquiring as many books as possible for my students' Independent Reading during Advisory and at home. Yet, because I still have far more students than good books, I often find myself pitching titles that are, understandably, tough sells.

Our students deserve to enhance their literacy in an enjoyable and meaningful way - selecting books that are interesting and fulfilling is an essential aspect to this growth.

Some of the books I am seeking are purposed to develop their writing skills so they may more effectively express and share their sentiments, observations, perspectives, and philosophies with whoever they choose.

Mr. Borie
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bone (9 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $87.48 1 $87.48
The Chocolate War • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
A Young People's History of the United States Columbus to the War on Terror • AKJ Education $14.56 1 $14.56
Sea Change • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Just Write Here's How! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Resistance Book 1 • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition A Memoir of the Craft • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
Warriors Manga Box Set: Graystripe's Adventure • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Oedipus Trapped by Destiny: TOON Graphic Mythology • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Orpheus and the Underworld: TOON Graphic Mythology • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Vocabulary Games & Activities That Boost Reading and Writing • AKJ Education $11.49 1 $11.49
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $11.38 1 $11.38
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $10.49 1 $10.49
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 1 • AKJ Education $9.77 1 $9.77
33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
The House on Mango Street • AKJ Education $8.37 1 $8.37
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $7.98 1 $7.98
The Full Spectrum A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Question • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
My Neighbor Totoro, Vol. 2 Film Comic • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
My Neighbor Totoro, Vol. 1 Film Comic • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Best of Poe • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Only the Names Remain The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Face of Freedom: How the Photos of Frederick Douglass Celebrated Racial Equality • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The Smoking Mountain The Story of Popocatepetl and Iztaccfhuatl [An Aztec Legend] • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The One and Only Ivan • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Warriors: The Rise of Scourge • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Island of the Blue Dolphins • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
James and the Giant Peach • 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
Poetry Matters Writing a Poem from the Inside Out • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Beyond the Chocolate War • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
A Writer's Notebook Unlocking the Writer within You • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
What Happens Next, Katie? • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
What's in Your Heart, Katie? Writing in a Journal With Katie Woo • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Sincerely, Katie: Writing a Letter With Katie Woo • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07

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