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Ms. C from New Haven CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Read to Inspire and Encourage

Help me give my students a classroom library filled with diverse literature to captivate and inspire as well as help them understand the value of their struggles and uniqueness.

  • $490 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are vibrant, spirited, precocious, and brilliant, yet trapped by circumstances, skill deficiencies, and systemic faulty beliefs, which continue to hinder their innate and once insatiable love for learning! Many have lost their desire to complete high school due to feelings of frustration perpetuated by repeated failures. My students are disengaged due to poor attendance and feelings of discouragement. Unfortunately, their Title I neighborhood school, which is underfunded and understaffed only exacerbates this hopelessness and leaves little opportunity for high expectations and enriching experiences.

With the help of generous donors, I hope to build a classroom library which inspires individual choice, meets the needs of diverse learners and serves as a catalyst to make connections between the classroom and the world beyond.

Two of the greatest strategies a teacher can employ to help disengaged students are building individualized learning experiences and providing enrichment opportunities for building students’ sense of how to connect with the larger world.

The gift of this classroom library will likely be one of the most important tools in helping my most disengaged students.

My Project

When you provide a safe and inviting reading space to disengaged kids they are given the opportunity to participate and grow. My students are chronically absent, very easily distracted, and often off task from the lesson. They frequently speak of their lack of a safe and enjoyable reading space. In an effort to make positive relationships, I want to create this space for these students!

A library filled with culturally diverse and leveled literature will allow the students to get re-engaged with their reading.

Creating this positive environment allows me to give them the opportunity to become better readers. It will also help motivate them to attend school regularly. I strongly believe that having a reading space will help alleviate the chronic absenteeism. This would also help me to build positive relationships with students. They will be able to see that I want them to succeed socially, emotionally and academically. I want to encourage my students to come to school on a daily basis by offering them a space to read and practice the skills they have been taught!

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Ms. C
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Of Mice and Men • AKJ Education $14.56 1 $14.56
The Playbook • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Just Another Hero • AKJ Education $10.12 1 $10.12
Half Brother • AKJ Education $9.89 1 $9.89
Things Fall Apart: A Novel • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
The Crossover • AKJ Education $9.37 1 $9.37
Beneath • AKJ Education $9.34 1 $9.34
Forged by Fire • AKJ Education $9.00 1 $9.00
Summer of Secrets • AKJ Education $8.80 1 $8.80
Night Circus • AKJ Education $8.52 1 $8.52
All American Boys • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Every Day • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
In Darkness • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Abundance of Katherines, An MP3 CD • AKJ Education $7.88 1 $7.88
When I Was Puerto Rican A Memoir • AKJ Education $7.52 1 $7.52
Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
145th Street: Short Stories • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Ball Don't Lie • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Small Steps • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Stella by Starlight • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
You Don't Even Know Me Stories and Poems About Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Eyes of Kid Midas • AKJ Education $6.04 1 $6.04
Ruby on the Outside • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Warriors Don't Cry The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Elijah of Buxton • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ninth Ward • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dancing Home • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye • AKJ Education $5.49 1 $5.49
This Full House • AKJ Education $5.49 1 $5.49
Teen Idol • AKJ Education $5.49 1 $5.49
Linger • AKJ Education $5.49 1 $5.49
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Boys Without Names • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Tears of a Tiger • AKJ Education $5.00 1 $5.00
As Good as Anybody Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom • AKJ Education $5.00 1 $5.00
The Silver Chair (full color) • AKJ Education $4.94 1 $4.94
Sunwing • AKJ Education $4.94 1 $4.94
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey • AKJ Education $4.39 1 $4.39
Thwonk • AKJ Education $4.39 1 $4.39
Tex • AKJ Education $3.84 1 $3.84
The Wishing of Biddy Malone • AKJ Education $3.84 1 $3.84
Just So Stories • AKJ Education $3.29 1 $3.29
As Good as Anybody • AKJ Education $2.50 1 $2.50
They Came From Below • AKJ Education $1.00 2 $2.00
Dove Song • AKJ Education $1.00 2 $2.00
Before the Bell • AKJ Education $1.95 1 $1.95
Crater • AKJ Education $1.90 1 $1.90
Stuck in the Middle (of Middle School) • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Winter Prince • AKJ Education $1.25 1 $1.25
Westminster Abby • AKJ Education $1.25 1 $1.25
Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Rhino • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Fingers • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Some Kind of Wonderful • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
War of the Witches • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
A Light From Within (Zenda) • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Sister Slam • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Hughes:The Private Diaries Memos and Letters • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
True Love, the Sphinx, and Other Unsolvable Riddle • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Growing Wings • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Angelmonster • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00
Morganville Vampires #2 • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Fringe Girl in Love • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Fearless #5 Kiss • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Fearless #19 Twins • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Die Laughing • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50
Fearless Twisted 4 • AKJ Education $0.50 1 $0.50

Materials cost

$380.44

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.71

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$416.15

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$73.44

Total project goal

$489.59

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$489.59

1 Donor

-$83.23

Donations toward project cost

-$83.23

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$391.67

Match offer toward project cost

-$332.92

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$58.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.69

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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