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Ms. D. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Operation Library Lift

The cost of classroom library materials such as Book Bundles for middle school, display racks, beanbag chairs, boombox, Mozart CD set, and more from a variety of vendors is $691, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $709 goal

This project expired on July 15, 2006.

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When I was assigned the second highest reading level in middle school, I figured my job would be a breeze. What fun to teach advanced children new genres of print and new methods of examing literature! A book club every day, right? WRONG. Sadly, students view reading as a "chore." They learn to regard reading as a compartmentalized 20 minute period of their homework routine. Very few from this low income population complete literature logs (5 paragraph summaries of home reading) and even fewer hand in book reports. My heart breaks for such bright young students with excellent reading, analytical, and writing skills. So I asked a friend if she would buy a new book for each student, based upon their requests. (This year I inherited a bookshelf of out-of-print school books and 1970's teen paperbacks. Not exactly tantalizing to middle school, inner city, Chicago kids living in 2005.) When the gift books arrived last week, even the toughest 8th grade boy was grateful. For the past week, I have seen students carrying their new books and discussing content with whomever will listen...the security guard, our assistant principal, fellow students. Who would have thought a NEW book would motivate kids to start reading again, but in our world today, looks DO make a difference. What I request is simple: More NEW books for our classroom library. Each class holds 25 students, and I teach 5 different classes. I would also like to DESIGN a comfortable classroom reading space, one that (hopefully) can be replicated at home. Most students attempt reading homework on the bus ride home, not exactly the most comfortable of settings. And when they get home, reading is done in front of the T.V. or at the kitchen table. No wonder it is thought of as a "chore" when completed under such stressful conditions. I request that you help me perform a FACE LIFT on our library. What books need to go and which new ones need to be brought in? What issues most pertain to students' world today? What amenities does a middle school student find comfortable? Rugs, chairs, plants, classical music, snacks, hot chocolate? Anything to make our dreary little library a beacon of intellectual curiousity and relaxed enjoyment.

Ms. D.
Grades 6-8
  • Andersen Community School
  • Chicago, IL
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Reluctant Readers: Book Bundle for Grades 7+ (18 Books) • AKJ Educational Services $104.02 1 $104.02
Designs International Solids Plus Rug Round 6' • $86.40 1 $86.40
ALA Best Books For Young Adults: Book Bundle for Grades 7+ (14 Books) • AKJ Educational Services $80.52 1 $80.52
BOOK DISPLAY RACK • Nasco $52.15 1 $52.15
RCA Portable CD Player Boom Box • Highsmith Inc. $49.27 1 $49.27
EXECUTIVE TABLE LAMP -- Catalina Industries Desk Lamps; 2-Light Executive, 22"H, Walnut/Antique Brass • Quill Corporation $44.99 1 $44.99
Large Bean Bag Chair, Red Denim • Highsmith Inc. $42.01 1 $42.01
Sports: Book Bundle for Grades 7+ (5 Books) • AKJ Educational Services $26.99 1 $26.99
MOZART EFFECT MUSIC-CD • Nasco $13.45 1 $13.45

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