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  • $422 goal

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Ms. Russo
Grades 9-12
  • XCEL (Cross Cultural Leadership Envi
  • San Francisco, CA
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Miss...Our Classroom Library Needs BOOKS!!

The cost of 28 books from Barnes and Noble including titles such as Brave New World, Night, and Lord of the Flies is $422, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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. 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 copies of the following books: "Clockwork Orange" "Brave New World" "A Prayer for Owen Meany" "Reading Lolita in Tehran" "Interview with a Vampire" "Maus" "Persepolis" "Persepolis 2" "Random Family" "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" "Ender's Game" "Dreamland" "White Oleander" "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" "After the First Death" "Memoirs of a Geisha" "Night" "Elsewhere" "The Martian Chronicles" and "Lord of the Flies" Every Literature classroom needs a library...thank you for helping make ours a reality!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx Adrian Nicole LeBlanc • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Azar Nafisi • Barnes and Noble $13.45 2 $26.90
Maus: A Survivor's Tale Volume 1: My Father Bleeds History Art Spiegelman, Tom Engelhardt (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $12.60 2 $25.20
Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess, Anthony Burgess (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values Robert M. Pirsig • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
White Oleander Janet Fitch • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
Brave New World Aldous Huxley • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin • Barnes and Noble $11.20 2 $22.40
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, Vol. 2 Marjane Satrapi • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Dreamland Sarah Dessen • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Lord of the Flies William Golding, Edmund L. Epstein • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury • Barnes and Noble $6.75 2 $13.50
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
After The First Death Robert Cormier, Craig Virden (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 2 $11.70
Night Elie Wiesel, Stella Rodway (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39

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