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Ms. H. from Richmond CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Linking My Class to the Presidential Election

My students need 30 copies of the book "Dreams From my Father" by Barack Obama.

  • $641 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

A high-need college preparatory charter high school with 300 students from under-served communities wants to create a meaningful senior English class that connects with contemporary life, yet supports students in striving way beyond the classroom and their community.

The biggest obstacle I foresee in this class is below-level reading and writing skills and a lack of interest in reading and literature in general. I want to support students in reading to learn about themselves and the world and to become much better at communicating their ideas through writing.

We do a memoir project every year with the students and I wanted to make sure they were exposed to a range of memoirs in advance of writing their own. Choosing Barack Obama's memoir to teach while he is running for President is a great choice for them. Regardless of their politics, all our students have expressed intrigue and excitement about his candidacy and he gives particular hope to students of color in a low-income, urban environment. I expect this to be an opportunity to connect both to contemporary politics and the potential within.

Thank you in advance for helping me bring my classroom alive with a meaningful, engaging, relevant text that will support my students increased literacy and knowledge about the world and their own options for growth and accomplishment.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Barack Obama, Read by Barack Obama • Barnes and Noble $20.76 1 $20.76
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Barack Obama • Barnes and Noble $13.45 30 $403.50

Materials cost

$424.26

Vendor shipping charges

$42.43

State sales tax

$30.76

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.61

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$525.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$115.24

Total project goal

$640.24

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$640.24

7 Donors

-$617.65

Donations toward project cost

-$525.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$92.65

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$22.59

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$0.00

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