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Ms. Schumaker from Wanblee SD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

More Books Please!

My students need updated and relevant reading materials for our classroom library.

  • $637 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are tenacious young Lakota men and women living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 100% of my students are eligible for free lunch, and 100% are enrolled members in a federally recognized tribe. Although the majority of students test below grade level, they still hold on to a love of reading and learning. I see incredible potential in my students, and I desire to give them the quality education they deserve.

On the reservation, my students live in an incredibly unique environment - one full of beauty and culture, but also very familiar with hurt, poverty, and trauma.

For many students, our school is their safe place: a place with consistent adult role models, a guaranteed meal, engaging extra-curricular activities, and classes that attempt to teach cultural values and history intermixed with math and reading. Due to the seclusion of our location, our school has become more than a school - it is a community, a family, and a home.

My Project

Last year, my students and I received a package of books for our classroom library thanks to Donors choose. They were read and loved immediately, and the success of that project proved how much my students benefit from access to a variety of fun, independent, and relevant texts. Since we are far removed from any type of library, my students simply do not have this opportunity outside of our classroom bookshelves.

My students need to get their hands on a variety of modern novels and texts which allow them opportunities to engage with the world outside their small community.

They need books at their level, books that are fun, books that are challenging, books that make them smile, and books that make them think. I want my classroom library to be diverse and full enough that all my students have access to those types of books. My students deserve more opportunities to grow in their literacy, and deserve access to the books I have selected for this project.

Ms. Schumaker
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (11 Books) • AKJ Education $114.82 1 $114.82
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • AKJ Education $32.09 1 $32.09
The John Green Paperback Collection • AKJ Education $31.36 1 $31.36
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
All American Boys • AKJ Education $14.57 1 $14.57
Girling Up • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Sun Is Also a Star • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Dumplin' • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The 57 Bus • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Long Way Down • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
We Are Okay • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Asking For It • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women • AKJ Education $11.66 1 $11.66
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $10.78 1 $10.78
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $10.68 1 $10.68
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Invisible Emmie • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Thirteen Reasons Why • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • AKJ Education $7.55 1 $7.55
Repossessed • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Hole in My Life • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
How I Live Now • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Speak • AKJ Education $7.13 1 $7.13
Maggot Moon • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Titanic Voices from the Disaster • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wild Pitch • AKJ Education $5.25 1 $5.25
Shot Clock Slam • AKJ Education $5.25 1 $5.25
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 1 $4.85
Beastly Basketball • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34

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