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Mrs. Calhoun from Statesboro GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Because We WANT To!

Help me give my students books from all backgrounds--social justice, graphic novels, true events, happy endings, survival stories, fiction, and non-fiction! I want them to experience a little bit of everything in our classroom library!

  • $427 goal

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My Students

My students are the heartbeat of the school. They have the ability as juniors in high school to support the younger 9th and 10th-graders while cheering on the Seniors into their next phase of life. My students are typical high school students, except that many of them have lost their love for reading and I want to give that back to them.

My students make me a better teacher as they drive me to find new literary works that peak their interests and allow them to make connections with the modern world.

While we live in a rural area of Southeastern Georgia, exposure to the world around them needs to come from more than just social media. As these juniors move out into our community with jobs, I want them to know how to interact with all types of neighbors that they might run into outside of school. Learning about themselves and others, through compelling stories, is one way for them to be more productive and kinder citizens.

My Project

We read every other day for 10-minutes using a program called 180 Days of Reading. Students pick their own book of choice and it allows them to have ownership and responsibility in their reading choices. Once I call "Books Out, Books Open" after the bell rings, students are actively engaged in their stories, even some of the most reluctant readers. There are days where I read with them, give "Book Talks" about new texts, and also days where I conference with each student. In these conferences, I am able to learn more about my students, how they are as a reader, and most importantly, it allows me to get to build a positive relationship with them.

By donating to my project, you are helping students built trust and empathy for their own education as they make real-world connections that they would not otherwise get in our small, rural town.

I can trust them to make the right choices about understanding the power of the story, but they can also become a more empathic and compassionate person by engaging themselves through literature. Plus, I cannot wait to add more students names to my "Reading Hall of Fame" wall where I praise them for all of their reading accomplishments for the entire school to witness.

Mrs. Calhoun
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Becoming • Amazon Business $17.84 1 $17.84
Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.70 1 $17.70
Where the Crawdads Sing • Amazon Business $16.60 1 $16.60
Nicola Yoon Boxed Set • Amazon Business $15.77 1 $15.77
Educated: A Memoir • Amazon Business $15.37 1 $15.37
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Internment • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
After the Shot Drops • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) • Amazon Business $12.84 1 $12.84
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $12.44 1 $12.44
Life of Pi • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.93 1 $11.93
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Saints and Misfits • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
SHOUT • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Guts • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
I Am Still Alive • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Monday's Not Coming • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
He Said, She Said • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.42 1 $6.42
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40

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