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Mrs. Dickinson from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Most Important Ingredient for Inspiration? Great Books!

Help me give my students books such as The Thing About Jellyfish, A Light in the Attic, and Romeo and Juliet.

  • $418 goal

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My Students

I work at an ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse Chicago Public School. The racial demographic consists mainly of minorities, some of whom are from war-torn countries. With almost 800 students from Pre-K to 8th Grade, three-fourths of our population comes from low-income households.

Through reading and writing my middle school students are finding their voice.

Their exuberance, gumption, and tenacity inspire me to give them the necessary tools needed to be powerful thinkers, writers and speakers. I absolutely love coming to work every day because my middle schoolers inspire and motivate me. In return, I hope my passion for learning is instilled in them.

My Project

A pinch of this and a splash of that? No, not necessary! The simple recipe for student engagement contains one ingredient: books! Exposing my students to thoughtful writing is the quickest way to get them to devour literacy. Once they've had a taste of great writing, they'll undoubtedly come back for seconds.

This Thanksgiving, please help me feed my students' minds!

By reading poetry by Langston Hughes, learning about activists such as Claudette Colvin, and digesting rich fiction by authors such as Jacqueline Woodson and Pam Munoz, students will surely savor the knowledge these books provide. From there, inspiration is inevitable.

Mrs. Dickinson
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 100 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice • AKJ Education $14.56 3 $43.68
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky • AKJ Education $14.36 3 $43.08
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.15 3 $36.45
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 4 $32.08
The Thing About Jellyfish • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 4 $26.24
Yummy The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • AKJ Education $12.37 2 $24.74
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.29 3 $18.87
A Light in the Attic • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition Poems and Drawings • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Children of Eden • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.59 2 $11.18
Langston Hughes • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare) • AKJ Education $4.17 1 $4.17

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