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Mrs. Pfaff from Wyoming MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Read the Book; Be the Change Part I

Help me give my students solid nonfiction that speaks of injustices, so they can learn to be the instruments of change. Help me give my students riveting fiction that inspires them and transforms them.

  • $258 goal

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My Students

My students come from an area of low socio-economic status. Many come from single-parent households. 100% of our students receive free and reduced price breakfast and lunch. Because their parents have to make tough choices in life, like work two jobs to provide a roof over their heads or be home to nurture their children, my students lack the enriching, early childhood reading experiences that often come from such nurturing. A majority don't even own a book or have a library card. Though they are streetwise, their only experiences with the world come from social media as most never travel beyond a few miles from the area.

They are starving for the engaging experiences that can be found in the world of books, and they don't even know it.

They need multiple sources to keep their hope alive; they need stories that speak to their experiences, role models to look up to whether fictional or real, and interactions with the written word that will develop their skills and challenge their thoughts.

I love my students, every single one of them, and I want to give them the world. I can through books.

My Project

In my reading classes, my current 8th graders have a passionate interest for those topics that involve social justice, equity, and minority issues. They see these things in their world and try to process what it means for their lives, for their futures.

I want my students to know they have the opportunity to "leave their thumbprint on the world" to make it a better place.

It starts by capturing their attention, their imaginations, and their curiosity of the world around them. If they believe they can do it, then they will.

Stories are a record of the topics that concern us at the time they were written. I want my students to be inspired by a passion for their own potential to solve these concerns. The first step is to get books into their hands.

While there is no specific project to complete with this wish, it is vitally important, as reading experts have stated, to have good, interesting, and varied titles in close proximity to students. This is where the classroom library comes in with a variety of new books.

I may not be able to control when the "seed" germinates and blooms, but I can plant those seeds and cultivate them.

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

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This project will reach 145 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Educated: A Memoir • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.81 1 $14.81
We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Monday's Not Coming • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Allegedly • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Anger Is a Gift: A Novel • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Growth Mindset Playbook: A Teacher's Guide to Promoting Student Success • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice (Scholastic Focus) • Amazon Business $10.27 1 $10.27
Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48

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