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Ms. Russo from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Miss..our classroom library needs BOOKS!

The cost of reading books for a class library is $555, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $578 goal

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Hello there! I am a Literature teacher at Cross Cultural Environmental Leadership (XCEL) Academy, a charter school in San Francisco. Our school has been teaching "at-risk" students in a successful learning environment for 3 years. Many of our students enter high school performing below state averages in math and reading, but in just a short time we have witnessed tremendous gains in these areas. I believe that it is important to teach students to know their hearts and use their minds well. We prepare them to live productive, socially useful, and personally satisfying lives with an academic program that stresses intellectual development and social involvement in our society. I have developed a strong curriculum that places great importance on learning how to learn, reason, question, and investigate. Each day in my Literature class we have time for independent reading. This is a time when I tell my students, "It's okay to pick up and put down twenty books until you find one that you will really enjoy reading." I've learned that the secret is to provide enough choices for students and to know students well enough to help them find that one book that they will finish. I've witnessed my students take off and read book after book when provided with a protected space that is quiet and filled with reading. When this happens, the reading vibe in the room is so contagious that students influence each other to read and even reluctant readers become page-turners! Independent reading has the potential to give students a personalized path to explore literature and expression. If students are engaged in their reading and care about their books, their enthusiasm drives their work and pushes them further as readers. Our school does not have the funds and resources to create a library, and our classroom library looks depleted. Many of the students in my class have already raided the shelves and need new adventures! In their words, "Miss, our classroom library needs BOOKS!" As a class we discussed and chose novels that we can explore together. The kids are truly excited about their choices and are looking forward to sharing their experiences with one another. One student even commented to me, "It will be so cool to see a classmate sign out a book that I chose for the library!" To complete this project and continue construction of our library, my two literature classes (50 students) would like 3 copies of the following books: "Dark" by Kenji Jasper, "Afterlife" by Gary Soto, "HIs Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman, "Push" by Sapphire, "America" by E.R. Frank, "Lucky" by ALice Sebold, "Give a Boy a Gun" by Todd Strasser, "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coehlo, "The Hobbit" by JRR Tolkein, "Smack" by Melvin Burgess, "You Don't KNow Me" by David Klass, "Crank" by Ellen Hopkins, "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson, and "The Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. With your help these early reading experiences will last a lifetime.

Ms. Russo
Grades 9-12
  • XCEL (Cross Cultural Leadership Envi
  • San Francisco, CA
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
His Dark Materials Box Set Philip Pullman • Barnes and Noble $28.68 2 $57.36
The Alchemist: A Fable about Following Your Dream Paulo Coelho, Alan R. Clarke (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $11.70 3 $35.10
Dark Kenji Jasper • Barnes and Noble $11.65 3 $34.95
Lucky Alice Sebold • Barnes and Noble $10.75 3 $32.25
Push: A Novel Sapphire, Ramona Lofton • Barnes and Noble $10.75 3 $32.25
Life of Pi Yann Martel • Barnes and Noble $8.09 3 $24.27
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $8.09 3 $24.27
The Hobbit or There and Back Again J. R. R. Tolkien • Barnes and Noble $7.19 3 $21.57
America E. R. Frank, Michael Yuen, Contribution by Michael Yuen • Barnes and Noble $7.19 3 $21.57
Crank Ellen Hopkins • Barnes and Noble $6.29 3 $18.87
You Don't Know Me David Klass • Barnes and Noble $6.29 3 $18.87
Smack Melvin Burgess • Barnes and Noble $6.29 3 $18.87
The Afterlife Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $6.25 3 $18.75
Give a Boy a Gun Todd Strasser • Barnes and Noble $5.39 3 $16.17

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