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Mr. Hew from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Read to Survive...Write to Inspire!!! - PART III

My students need 53 young adult books, including "How it Happened in Peach Hill", "Twisted" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns".

  • $520 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

"Read to Survive...Write to Inspire!" I designed this theme to help my 8th grade students understand how crucial it is that they learn and then master their skills in literacy. I teach 8th grade literacy at a charter school in an under served area of New York. Our school includes fifth through twelfth graders and we are proud to have 100% of our graduating classes accepted into colleges across the country. The entire focus of our school is to prepare students to excel in college and beyond. The school year has just started and we are already discussing the importance of reading and writing properly. They know all the statistics behind America’s greatest domestic threat – illiteracy. In an effort to best prepare them for college and their career, our school’s curriculum teaches them a gamut of reading and writing skills. It also demands that all students read independently for a few hours each day. Students are required to select an independent reading book and use it to practice the reading strategies that we discuss in our classroom. My two 8th grade classes share a library with two other sixth grade classes – thus, our dilemma. My students must choose from a very limited selection of books in our classroom library. After all of my students have checked out a book from the classroom library, it looks desolate. Many times, my students come to me and say they are uninterested in many of the books in our library and they feel that they are forced to choose a book that they do not really want to read. It breaks my heart to see students lose interest in reading at such a young age and I am fiercely determined to make sure that this never happens. I know that my students can use their reading and writing skills so that they won’t become just another “statistic.” Once they have the resources to choose a just-right book for them, they will value reading so much more. If you can help us to purchase as many GOOD books as possible for our classroom library, you will have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of these brilliant, talented, but disadvantaged, students. They firmly believe in reading to survive and writing to inspire, and with your help, these children will definitely “survive” and, more importantly, “inspire.”

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

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This project will reach 84 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bloodsong Melvin Burgess • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Dragon's Keep Janet Lee Carey • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Beige Cecil Castellucci • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Swift Pure Cry Siobhan Dowd • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
I Love You, Beth Cooper Larry Doyle • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Leonardo's Shadow: Or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo Da Vinci's Servant Christopher Grey • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini • Barnes and Noble $10.40 1 $10.40
Repossessed A. M. Jenkins • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Alabama Moon Watt Key • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Town Boy Lat • Barnes and Noble $5.00 1 $5.00
Wildwood Dancing Juliet Marillier • Barnes and Noble $4.92 1 $4.92
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller Sarah Miller • Barnes and Noble $9.79 1 $9.79
The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural Various • Barnes and Noble $2.14 1 $2.14
My Swordhand Is Singing Sedgwick, Marcus • Barnes and Noble $7.69 1 $7.69
Unwind Neal Shusterman • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Flight Sherman Alexie • Barnes and Noble $11.20 1 $11.20
Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature Robin Brande • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Firestorm (Caretaker Trilogy #1) David Klass • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Red Spikes Margo Lanagan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Dramarama E. Lockhart • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl Barry Lyga • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
The White Darkness Geraldine Mccaughrean • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Un Lun Dun China Mieville • Barnes and Noble $8.10 1 $8.10
Hero Perry Moore • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
What They Found: Love on 145th Street Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Coal Black Horse Robert Olmstead • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Red Glass Laura Resau • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
What the Moon Saw Laura Resau • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) J. K. Rowling • Barnes and Noble $11.99 1 $11.99
The Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
My Mother the Cheerleader Robert Sharenow • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Peak Roland Smith • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher • Barnes and Noble $9.79 1 $9.79
Mistik Lake (Melanie Kroupa Books) Martha Brooks • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Peter Cameron • Barnes and Noble $6.92 1 $6.92
Re-Gifters Carey, Mike; Liew, Sonny and Hempel, Mar • Barnes and Noble $5.73 1 $5.73
Looking for JJ Anne Cassidy • Barnes and Noble $3.42 1 $3.42
One Whole and Perfect Day Clarke, Judith • Barnes and Noble $4.96 1 $4.96
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party Compestine, Ying Chang • Barnes and Noble $2.04 1 $2.04
Derby Girl Shauna Cross • Barnes and Noble $10.05 1 $10.05
I Am Rembrandt's Daughter Lynn Cullen • Barnes and Noble $2.77 1 $2.77
This is What I Did: Ann D. Ellis • Barnes and Noble $3.99 1 $3.99
Touching Snow Felin, M. Sindy • Barnes and Noble $5.95 1 $5.95
For Now Gayle Friesen • Barnes and Noble $4.20 1 $4.20
Book of a Thousand Days Shannon Hale • Barnes and Noble $7.98 1 $7.98
Notes for a War Story Gipi • Barnes and Noble $5.44 1 $5.44
Beowulf Hinds, Gareth • Barnes and Noble $5.99 1 $5.99
Slam Hornby, Nick • Barnes and Noble $3.72 1 $3.72
How it Happened in Peach Hill Marthe Jocelyn • Barnes and Noble $2.54 1 $2.54
Bone by Bone by Bone Tony Johnston • Barnes and Noble $3.95 1 $3.95
Dreamquake (The Dreamhunter Duet, Book 2) (Dreamhunter Duet) Elizabeth Knox • Barnes and Noble $10.40 1 $10.40
Strays Koertge, Ron • Barnes and Noble $6.00 1 $6.00

Materials cost

$374.19

Vendor shipping charges

$37.42

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.61

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$426.24

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$93.56

Total project goal

$519.80

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$519.80

3 Donors

-$259.90

Donations toward project cost

-$213.12

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.78

match offer

-$259.90

Match offer toward project cost

-$213.12

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$46.78

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$0.00

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