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Mrs. McElligott from Revere MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

More Books= More Bookworms

My students need high interest young reader novels for our classroom lending library to help foster a love of reading both inside and outside of school.

  • $448 goal

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My Students

My urban students are curious, resilient, and appreciative.

My urban middle school students are very diverse in their culture, income, and learning styles.

My school has over 70% free and reduced price lunch and over 20% of students are English Language Learners. We even have a few homeless students. Since these students do not always have the means to buy or access books, they really rely on the school to provide classroom libraries. My students need access to books so that they can enhance their reading skills. Many of them do not have the resources to go out and buy a book or get transportation to a library.

We also have many voracious readers who would love to take advantage of some new books. Some students are always asking if I have any new books to borrow. Former students also often visit and ask for recommendations or copies of new books.

My Project

Students have Sustained Silent Reading time every morning and several times per week per week in ELA. We started this practice a few years go and although at first there was resistance from some of my 7th grade students, we kept at it and had great success. As time passed, students not only got used to the routine of reading at the beginning of class, they began to look forward to it and some even asked for more time. Many of my students have become voracious readers and there are some titles that I can not keep on my shelves for more than a day. Many of the books are either donated from friends and family or purchased by me at a used book store. I know that if I am able to stock the bookshelves with brand new titles, the students would be even more excited to read. ALL of the titles that I requested come enthusiastically recommended by my students. A few students have requested books in Spanish which are included in this project. They have told me that they cannot wait to borrow these books once they come in.

Reading helps my students to become more critical thinkers, acquire new knowledge, and escape the pressures and stresses of their sometimes very difficult daily lives.

My lending library is always open and students can take any books that they want to home. This helps them become more enthusiastic readers but it also means that the library needs to be consistently updated because some books go missing. I have seen so many of my students' skills and grades improve since beginning our SSR reading routine. Promoting a love of reading for all of my students may be a lofty goal, but it is a worthy one

Mrs. McElligott
Grades 6-8
Half 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
Nos vemos en el cosmos /See You in the Cosmos (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $15.14 1 $15.14
Emergency Contact • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth • Amazon Business $13.04 1 $13.04
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
Will & Whit • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
The Astonishing Color of After • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Wishtree • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
Coraline Novela grafica (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
We Were Liars • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
See You in the Cosmos • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Rebound • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
All's Faire in Middle School • Amazon Business $11.18 1 $11.18
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Perks of Being a Wallflower • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Nimona • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Page by Paige • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Coraline: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Thirteen Reasons Why • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Ready Player One: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Legend • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
Doll Bones • Amazon Business $7.72 1 $7.72
Anya's Ghost • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Invisible Emmie • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Ghosts • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
The War That Saved My Life • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
I Was Here • Amazon Business $5.62 1 $5.62

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