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Mr. Stuart from Cedar Springs MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Make my Classroom a Place Where Lifelong Readers are Born!

My students need four copies total of each installment of the five-book 'Escape from Furnace' series: Fugitives, Solitary, Death Sentence,Execution and Lockdown, to increase their reading stamina and to experience the joy of reading.

  • $193 goal

This project expired on November 23, 2014.

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My Students

My students are starting to WANT to read -- even outside of school! -- because, in addition to helping them grapple with challenging, whole-class texts, my classroom library invites them to dive into the wide, deep world of self-selected reading.

The problem is, I have more than a few students who are stuck in a state of waiting until So-and-So is finished with Such-and-Such hot title.

After all, the most popular books are always checked out! This causes eager teen readers to lose momentum in their self-selected reading lives, and, too often, I see this loss of momentum act like a splash of water on a tiny fire. When a teen hears her friend raving about a book, I want that book to be there, waiting on the shelf for her. Unfortunately, it's often checked out.

My Project

But there is a solution: having multiple copies of the most popular titles. And that's where YOU come in, dear reader! My students need four copies total of each installment of the five-book 'Escape from Furnace' series: Fugitives, Solitary, Death Sentence,Execution and Lockdown, to increase their reading stamina and to experience the joy of reading. Multiple copies of the hottest texts will result in kids having instant access to the books their friends are raving about, and it will allow for buzz to build in the classroom as multiple kids are engaged in the same self-selected texts at the same time. In our instant gratification society, the sets of popular titles I'm asking for will be able to compete with tantalizing, ever-present distractions like smartphones and video games.

I am hopeful that you can contribute to making my classroom library a truly addictive one, book by book.

When we're done, it's going to be awesome: Each title will have multiple copies instead of one, and the likelihood that lifelong readers will be born in my room will increase dramatically! Thank you so much for your generous donation; my students and I are in your debt.

Mr. Stuart
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4 • Amazon $8.99 4 $35.96
Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2 • Amazon $8.90 4 $35.60
Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3 • Amazon $6.80 4 $27.20
Execution: Escape from Furnace 5 • Amazon $8.73 2 $17.46
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1 • Amazon $7.79 2 $15.58

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