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Ms. Prentice from Baytown TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Allows Students To Be Forever Free

My students need books that expose them to life outside of a refinery town. Books that open windows that allow them to travel the world, but that are also relevant for this time.

  • $592 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school is a reflection of me because I am a part of the district that I began my educational journey, and it represents the beauty that can be found in this small town. When you grow up surrounded by refineries and construction jobs, you begin to believe that is all you are capable of. Students in my district range from poverty to middle class, and their goals are what their parent's goals were: to just finish school and become a welder or operator. However, when students enter my classroom everyone is equal no matter their economic background, race, or orientation. They learn that if you want it and are willing to work hard for a goal it is attainable.

The students in my classroom have been placed in a box, and I am helping them break free of the cage that surrounds them.

While most of my students families work at the plants, they have jobs themselves or siblings they must care for. To them college is not an option, so school is not always taken seriously. Students learn that the road that has been journeyed the least sometimes offers the biggest rewards.

My Project

I teach a diverse group of students who need more opportunities to read books with characters that look like them. They need an opportunity to see themselves in characters so that they can be able to truly connect with a piece. Books with Latino characters, Asian characters, African-American characters, female characters, etc. I teach a diverse group of kids, Pre-AP to remediation, and one of my goals is to make sure my students have the chance to read more because they have a wide selection of books to choose from.

One issue that I have noticed is that reading comprehension is low with students because they don’t read, and they don’t read because they can’t relate.

I want to change that stigma in my classroom by creating a diverse library selection. If my classroom were adopted, I would create a diverse classroom of library with an array of books that would entice each and every student to read. The amount of books would increase the volume of books my students have access too, which allows them to find books that they would enjoy.

Ms. Prentice
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Poets for Young Adults Their Lives And Works • AKJ Education $66.00 1 $66.00
Vincent and Theo • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Strange the Dreamer • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Warcross • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Sun Is Also a Star • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
DEAR MARTIN • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Unbecoming • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
When We Collided • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Disappearing Spoon • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Bull • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
X: A Novel • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Invisible Man • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Drown • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Girl in Translation • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Joy Luck Club (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $10.96 1 $10.96
Tears for Water Songbook of Poems And Lyrics • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Into the Wild • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Langston Hughes • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
The Fire Next Time • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
The Stranger • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel • AKJ Education $8.46 1 $8.46
The Spellman Files: Document #1 • AKJ Education $8.31 1 $8.31
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
I Am the Messenger • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Piecing Me Together • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Ice Like Fire • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Just After Sunset Stories • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Contender • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Locomotion • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Slaughterhouse-Five • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
The Inferno • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34

Materials cost

$465.62

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$502.60

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.69

Total project goal

$591.29

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$591.29

5 Donors

-$444.18

Donations toward project cost

-$377.56

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$66.62

Matching donations from our partners

-$147.11

Match offers toward project cost

-$125.04

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$22.07

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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