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Mrs. Gamble from Cottondale AL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Our School Library is LIT! Empowering Readers Through Diversity 3!

Help me give my students diverse library books and Battle of the Books competition books. These books are part of the Project LIT Community selections that promotes reading, and empowers readers and leaders within the community.

  • $278 goal

This project expired on September 10, 2019.

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My Students

My school is a Title I school that serves approximately 400 students in grades 6-8. One hundred percent of my students receive free or reduced-price lunch and some have no permanent home. Despite this, my students work extremely hard to overcome the many obstacles that they face on a daily basis.

One of the best parts about my school is that we have such a diverse background of students.

Many might not come from a prosperous background, but they soak up every opportunity they have to learn, and this project will help the library gain materials that will help ensure all of my students have books in order find their love for reading.

My Project

My school has a very diverse population, but they don't always have access to books that have diverse characters that represent themselves. Having access to these materials is such an important aspect in education because research actually shows that being exposed to people that are different from us actually helps reduce stereotypes. Our students can't always be exposed to all the diverse groups in society in their everyday life, but they can be introduced to them through literature.

Every student should feel like they are important and deserve to be able to choose books that have characters that represents themselves--These books are part of the annual Project LIT Community, which is a literacy movement empowering readers and leaders in hundreds of schools & communities across the country.

Through these books, they will be able to learn how to cope with things they are dealing with in their own lives, inclusion, and the lives of others around them. It is so important for our students to see that diversity is an amazing thing and we are all important and special. Diversity includes not only different ethnicities, but also various facets such as culture, gender, and social groups. Having access to books that approaches these topics will enrich my students' lives by bringing the world to them.

Our district also holds an annual Battle of the Books competition. Each year, students at my school compete against students from across the district and the winners move on to the next level where we compete against the neighboring district. This competition is a way for readers to show off their skills through competition. This project will provide me with competition books for my students to read.

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

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This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Small Spaces • Amazon Business $11.72 3 $35.16
Lifeboat 12 • Amazon Business $9.89 2 $19.78
New Kid • Amazon Business $16.35 1 $16.35
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Aru Shah and the Song of Death (A Pandava Novel Book 2) (Pandava Series) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.70 2 $13.40
Tight • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
Stung • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49

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