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Mrs. Lawrence from Lancaster SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy: A Bridge From Misery to Hope

My students need a variety of classroom library books so that they can foster their love of reading and actively participate in their semester book talk projects.

  • $285 goal

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My Students

I teach 9th and 10th grade students at LHS who come with diverse backgrounds. The majority come from low-income households. However, they are some of the most creative thinkers who really value seeing the connections between what we read and what is happening in the world today.

My students need books that foster this connection and creative thinking.

Books that will spark their love for reading outside of the classroom. My classroom library barely has any titles that spark this fire of reading in my students as many of the books (which are falling apart) were just handed down to me from other teachers.

Many don’t read for pleasure and don’t see a need to. But I have watched their confidence grow from non-readers to volunteering to read aloud. My incoming freshmen and rising sophomores deserve a classroom library that allows them to select books that are relevant to their own diverse backgrounds.

“Everyone is a reader, some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.”

My Project

All of these books will help foster a love for reading for my students because they are stories they can relate to. For example, the book "The Hate You Give" shares the story of a African American young female who lives in a poor neighborhood."The House on Mango Street" shares vignettes from the perspective of a Latina girl who desires to better her life.

My students need to see that reading is enjoyable and a new classroom library filled with relatable stories can do just that.

The classroom library books can also provide resources to my students that must participate in the semester book talk project. The book talk project will require students to independently read at the minimum 250 pages and discuss the literary elements of the book they chose.

Mrs. Lawrence
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 70 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $10.78 2 $21.56
The House on Mango Street • AKJ Education $7.68 2 $15.36
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.12 1 $15.12
Speak • AKJ Education $7.13 2 $14.26
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.28 1 $12.28
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $10.74 1 $10.74
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Fangirl: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Allegedly • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
Thirteen Reasons Why • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Untwine • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hatchet • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $5.68 1 $5.68

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