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Ms. Fisher-Bishop
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 11 donors
  • $0 still needed

Make Reading Fun for High School Students!

My students need high-interest young adult books to create a classroom library that will spark teenagers' love for reading.

My Students

"I hate to read!!” is what my students often say at the beginning of the school year. To help my students improve their reading abilities and discover the joy of reading, I need to fill my classroom library with books teenagers will love.

I teach 85 high school students in a high-poverty school in Saint Louis.

My students are two or more grade levels behind in reading. Many of my students have not read a book since they were a small child. They do not have access to books or can't find any that they can connect to. My students are insecure with their reading abilities and will often shut down or become easily frustrated with reading tasks. My students are enthusiastic and lively learners, but they don't have learning resources or support at home with reading. My goal is to help them learn to love reading. It is so wonderful when I see my students who "hate" reading become engrossed in engaging literature. The current problem is that I don't have enough of their favorite titles to go around.

My Project

To change these negative attitudes about reading, I hope to give my students the time to read books of their choice every day in my classroom. During daily independent reading time, I will try to make reading fun and help them develop a passion for reading. Having the books that my students love in my classroom will increase their fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. If my students find books that engage them, they will spend more time reading and will become more confident and skilled readers. These high-interest books will inspire non-readers to read!

If I can help improve my students’ literacy levels, it would make a big difference in their future success.

A donation to this project will allow me to expose my students to books they will love. The high-interest books will motivate my students to read, and they will improve their reading skills. My students and I would be very thankful for any donation to create our classroom library!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Second Chance (Drama High) • AKJ Books $6.97 1 $6.97
Romiette And Julio • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Bang • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Ashley, Jaquavis • AKJ Books $11.66 1 $11.66
Tyrell • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Always Running • AKJ Books $11.70 1 $11.70
Gangs • AKJ Books $30.83 1 $30.83
First Semester (Kimani Tru Series) Cecil B. Cross II • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Frenemies • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Gangsta Rap • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Harlem Hustle Janet McDonald • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Holidaze • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Hustlin'' • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
If I Were Your Boyfriend (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
It Happened to Nancy: A True Story from the Diary of a Teena • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Jaded (Kimani Tru Series) Monica McKayhan • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Jayd''s Legacy • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Keep It Movin'' • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Keysha''s Drama (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Lesson Learned (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Myself and I (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Next Semester (Kimani Tru Series) Cecil R. Cross II • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Nothing But Drama • AKJ Books $8.58 1 $8.58
Played Dana Davidson, Tk (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Second Chance (Drama High) • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Snitch • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Teenage Love Affair Ni-Ni Simone • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
The Fight - Drama High Series • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
What Goes Around Denene Millner, Mitzi Miller • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
16 On the Block Babygirl Daniels • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
16 1/2 on the Block, Vol. 2 Babygirl Daniels • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Sister Sister Babygirl Daniels • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
A Girl Named Mister Nikki Grimes • AKJ Books $12.47 1 $12.47
A Matter of Attitude (Kimani Tru Series) Hayden • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Baby Girl • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Black and White • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Blessings in Disguise • AKJ Books $8.58 1 $8.58
Broken China • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Can''t Stop the Shine (Kimani Tru Series) Joyce E. Davis • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Chanda''s Secrets • AKJ Books $9.32 1 $9.32
Cold As Ice • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Courtin'' Jayd • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Culture Clash • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Dark Sons Nikki Grimes • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Decision Time (Kimani Tru Series) Earl Sewell • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Dirty South (Kimani Tru Series) Phillip Thomas Duck • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Dope Sick • AKJ Books $7.01 1 $7.01
Fast Forward (Kimani Tru Series) Celeste O. Norfleet • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79

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