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Ms. Marks from Lancaster PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mystery Check-Out Day for Eighth Grade

Help me give my students a grade-level text that they can take home with them and keep!

  • $676 goal

This project expired on October 18, 2020.

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My Students

Our school is located in Lancaster City and services a 96% Latino population in addition to being a wall-to-wall Title I school. Our school is in the middle of restructuring our entire educational program to meet deficiencies we've seen in terms of literacy and math scores. Our students are incredibly resilient and have overcome many adversities to receive an excellent education.

After some diagnostic testing earlier this year, we have seen a 25-33% significant growth in our students' English Language Arts proficiency.

My Project

We have seen a great jump in our students's scores on state literacy testing, but we still have a long way to go! One way research shows us we can increase literacy scores is simply that kids are reading! Our school does not have a library, and most of our students do not currently have access to our city's public library, so we want to have a mystery check-out day!

All students will receive a book wrapped in brown paper so they don't know what they've received!

After reading the book, students may decide if they want to keep the book or come in and switch it with another grade-level text. It keeps students reading and is a fun way to get kids excited about literacy!

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

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20 donors20 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 55 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
All the Bright Places • AKJ Education $13.86 5 $69.30
Eleanor & Park • AKJ Education $13.86 5 $69.30
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $13.13 5 $65.65
City of Bones • AKJ Education $10.94 5 $54.70
Looking for Alaska • AKJ Education $9.48 5 $47.40
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $9.12 5 $45.60
The Fault in Our Stars • AKJ Education $8.58 5 $42.90
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $8.02 5 $40.10
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 5 $38.45
Ender's game • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief • AKJ Education $5.59 5 $27.95

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