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Mrs. Hudgens from Terre Haute IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Nurturing Life-Long Readers!

My students need varied and diverse books that meet their interests. Graphic novels such as "The Sandman" and "Speak: The Graphic Novel" appeal to those students who need visual works to keep their interest.

  • $537 goal

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My Students

I teach a wonderfully diverse mix of students ages 14 to 18 in our school's regular and co-lab English classes. My students work very hard at learning the basics of English and applying them in a way that will benefit them after high school. Many of them are expected to look after younger siblings or family members as well as keep up with their own learning. Despite this, they do their best to excel.

My students are bright kids who often struggle with reading and writing, yet show a passion for learning.

Each student comes in with a different set of goals and abilities that make them who they are. Using their abilities to the best of their advantage is sometimes a difficult task, but one that we take the time to figure out for each student.

Day after day my students show me what hard work, perseverance, and love looks like. While struggling to write a paper they do not like or read the next chapter in a class novel that doesn't interest them, or by asking the quiet student next to them if they are having a good day, they are an inspiration.

My Project

My students come from diverse and challenging backgrounds. Many of them do not like to read and have never found enjoyment in reading. Titles such as "Long Way Down" and "Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography" help my students know they are not alone in the world. These characters help them realize there is hope.

My goal as a high school English teacher is to help my students find their love of reading again, and continue to nurture it long past the day they graduate.

Keeping students interested in reading is difficult, but with graphic novels such as "The Sandman" and "Speak" I hope to awaken that desire to read.

Having a diverse library is key to keeping students engaged in reading. So many students do not know what they like to read, simply because they've not picked up a book for enjoyment since elementary school. With a varied selection of books in my classroom, my hope is that by offering choice reading, they can start down the path of reading for a lifetime.

Mrs. Hudgens
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sandman 10 Volume Slipcase Set • Amazon Business $125.12 1 $125.12
Speak: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
The Sacrifice: An Enemy Novel • Amazon Business $15.94 1 $15.94
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.74 1 $15.74
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd • Amazon Business $13.52 1 $13.52
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Fresh Ink: An Anthology • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
The Ask and the Answer (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book Two • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Atonement: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.66 1 $10.66
Monsters of Men (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book Three • Amazon Business $10.32 1 $10.32
Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Stardust • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Without Remorse (John Clark Novel, A) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Rainbow Six (John Clark Novel, A) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Hunted (An Enemy Novel) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
All the Bright Places • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
Executive Orders (A Jack Ryan Novel) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Holding Up the Universe • Amazon Business $7.76 1 $7.76
The Fallen (An Enemy Novel) • Amazon Business $7.57 1 $7.57
The End (An Enemy Novel) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Pantheon Graphic Library) • Amazon Business $7.20 1 $7.20
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Anansi Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Fear (Gone) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) • Amazon Business $6.20 1 $6.20
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Reissue with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book One • Amazon Business $5.27 1 $5.27

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