My students need high interest and engaging text such as novels and graphic novels that reflect their culture and interests. It is my mission to set in motion a passion for reading in order to encourage lifelong reading habits.
An unacceptable amount of students at my school are below grade level readers and at-risk for dropout in high school in our district.
Our building is a high poverty Title I funded school, which means we have extra funds for low performing students in language arts. Our student body consists of 700 students, of which 72% are below the poverty line resulting in their access to free or reduced-rate lunch. The make-up of our population consists of 45% Hispanic/Latino, 25% Caucasian, 15% Asian, 15% Pacific Islander, 10% African-American and less than 5% American Indian. At any given time 15% of our students are in transition to new housing from shelters, cars or other temporary living arrangements. In addition, 18% of our student body qualifies to receive Special Education services.
Our school continues to emphasize literacy across all subjects. As a reading community we encourage students to read thirty minutes daily outside of school. Without motivating text, teens become stagnant in their reading and reluctantly go "through the motion of reading."
My students need books written by authors that reflect their culture, community and give voice to their circumstances.
The literary world has never before seen the rich fiction that is being written for our youth. Your generous donation will work toward supporting a generation in their understanding of the positive impact they can have their community and the world.
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