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Ms. Elfenbein from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Once You Learn to Read, You Will Forever Be Free!

My students need 48 high interest novels from "Anne Frank" to "Wonderstruck"! These books will push my students academically and keep investing them to read.

  • $499 goal

This project expired on March 9, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I currently teach 6th grade to students who are anywhere from 2-4 years behind in reading. In order for my students to become prepared for college, I need to connect reading to their future goals. Unfortunately, we have a VERY limited amount of books that are of interest to my students.

I'm a deeply committed and passionate teacher who believes ALL students deserve an equal opportunity to a quality education.

My students come to YES because many of the surrounding middle schools are deemed unacceptable by the state of Texas. At YES, Youth Engaged in Service, we ask students to become leaders within their community. Leaders need to learn about the world around them and different perspectives and yet they have access in the classroom to a very limited number of books. Community and financial resources are extremely scarce and for most, my library will be their only opportunity to check out books. My students are motivated, eager, and ready to read! They just need more books to help them learn and work towards college graduation.

My Project

The books requested range in level and genre. 100% of my students WILL go and graduate from college and I want to ensure that when they attend their university of choice that they have as much literature exposure of their more affluent counterparts. My students may not ever have the chance to go to another country or experience other states, but they CAN read about them! These books will provide opportunities to experience things my students might not otherwise have. Every day my students attend reading conferences with me talking about their books and what they love about them. I know their love for reading will continue to grow if they had more options when choosing their books. I sincerely thank you for joining me in providing opportunities for some extremely dedicated future leaders.

Every day my students attend reading conferences with me talking about their books and what they love about them.

I know their love for reading will continue to grow if they had more options when choosing their books. I sincerely thank you for joining me in providing opportunities for some extremely dedicated future leaders.

Ms. Elfenbein
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lost and Found • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Schooled Paul Langan • AKJ Books $13.23 1 $13.23
Schooled • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Search for Safety • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Secrets in the Shadows • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Someone to Love Me • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
Someone to Love Me • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Summer of Secrets • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Summer of Secrets • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
Begging for Change • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Money Hungry • AKJ Books $5.91 2 $11.82
Who Am I Without Him? • AKJ Books $5.91 2 $11.82
Homeboyz Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ Books $6.65 2 $13.30
Boot Camp • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Storm Runners • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
The Son of Neptune - Heroes of Olympus Book 2 • AKJ Books $14.79 1 $14.79
Nerds • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Illegal • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
My Big Mouth • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Middle School • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
Charlie Joe Jackson''s Guide to Not Reading • AKJ Books $11.09 2 $22.18
Lightning Thief, The • AKJ Books $5.91 2 $11.82
The 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones, Book 1) (Hardcover) • AKJ Books $9.61 1 $9.61
Sea of Monsters • AKJ Books $5.91 2 $11.82
Hunger Games (PB) • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Catching Fire • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Mockingjay (HC) • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
A Matter of Trust (Bluford) • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Blood is Thicker • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Brothers in Arms • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
The Bully (Bluford High Series #5) Paul Langan • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
The Bully • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
The Fallen • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
The Gun • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Until We Meet Again (Bluford) • AKJ Books $1.30 1 $1.30
Until We Meet Again (Bluford High Series #7) Anne Schraff, A • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95
Bad Girls Don''t Die Katie Alender • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Rachel Renee • AKJ Books $9.61 1 $9.61
Finally • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
Boy Who Dared • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Smile Raina Telgemeier • AKJ Books $8.13 1 $8.13
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger • AKJ Books $9.58 2 $19.16
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Phillip Hoose • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks • AKJ Books $6.65 1 $6.65
Darth Paper Strikes Back • AKJ Books $9.58 2 $19.16
Stink-O-Pedia Volume 2: More Stink-y Stuff from A to Z Megan • AKJ Books $4.43 1 $4.43
Anne Frank • AKJ Books $12.54 1 $12.54
Wonderstruck • AKJ Books $22.19 1 $22.19

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