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Mr. Gomez, Ralph from Los Angeles CA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading area to build community and a love for reading

My students need pillows, a carpet and bean bags to build a reading area.

  • $342 goal

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My Students

Our students are inner city, at-risk students living in between East Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, a city filled with dreams and filled with life's harsh reality. Their school and city are contradictions of the truth. It is a location where the imaginary high school show "GLEE" is filmed, but the reality of high school for them is parents that work nights, single-parent households, teen pregnancy and other issues of inner-city youth.

Our students are filled with the knowledge and glamor of Hollywood so close they can touch it, but it is still worlds away from their reality.

Our students are humble and grateful kids who do not expect much but are thankful and surprised when they receive anything. My dream is to make all my classes their favorite so they can forget about everything else and focus on what is going on in class. I want them to love education as I do, so that it can do what it did for me because I, too, came from a similar environment.

My Project

I am asking for two bean bags, a carpet and throw pillows to build a reading are for my homeroom class. As a teacher, it is my goal to create a healthy environment for my students. Four times a week after lunch my students have 30 minutes for reading. My class has 28 students, and they are all silent for SSR, quiet sustain reading, but not all of them read. We have different levels of readers in the class. We have about 35% English learners, 25% of students with low reading skills and 20% students who are high achievers.

A reading area for students that want to zone out and get lost in a fantasy world of their imagination is what we need.

My goal is to build an environment and culture where students like to read. I want to give them a selection where they want to learn. I am building a library of books for those students that say they don't like to read, but I also want an area for those students that do.

Mr. Gomez, Ralph
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 145 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Safavieh California Shag Collection SG151-9090 Black Area Rug (5'3" x 7'6") • Amazon Business $109.64 1 $109.64
Big Joe Roma Chair, Limo Black • Amazon Business $44.99 2 $89.98
YOUR SMILE Phrase Square Decorative Throw Pillows Case Cushion Covers Shell Cotton Linen Blend (20''x20'', Color #9) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
YOUR SMILE Phrase Square Decorative Throw Pillows Case Cushion Covers Shell Cotton Linen Blend (20''x20'', Color #7) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
YOUR SMILE Phrase Square Decorative Throw Pillows Case Cushion Covers Shell Cotton Linen Blend (20''x20'', Color #11) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
YOUR SMILE Phrase Square Decorative Throw Pillows Case Cushion Covers Shell Cotton Linen Blend (20''x20'', Color #16) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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