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

Reading Our Way to Successful Futures

My students need books at and above their current reading levels.

  • $452 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are beginner and intermediate level English language learners in Harris County, Texas. The majority of my students have been in the United States for three or less years and come from all over the world. Countries represented in my classroom include Mexico, Japan, El Salvador, Venezuela, Côte d’Ivoire, Somalia, Brazil, Senegal, Cuba, Peru, Liberia, Colombia, and Honduras.

Due to Hurricane Harvey, we missed two weeks of school and countless opportunities to grow.

Over half of my school is economically disadvantaged, and 80% of the population comes from a minority group. Within my classroom, 100% of my students are identified as At Risk, and some are also homeless. Every day, we work to fill in the gaps and continue our progress towards graduation and bright futures.

My Project

Imagine: You move to a country. You do not know the language nor the culture. At school, you are given young children's books, BABY books, to read because they are the only texts available at your comprehension level. How discouraging and embarrassing would that be for you?

No baby books for English Language Learners!

Like any struggling reader, an English Language Learner needs high interest texts written at lower reading levels to encourage reading fluency and growth. My students thirst for books written at and above their current reading comprehension levels to facilitate reading comprehension and achievement. They long for fun ways to practice their emerging language skills.

Reading skills impact all aspects of life. Improving this skill increases student engagement and the ability to access the American dream. Let's help these young men and women achieve success!

(This project will continue to build our classroom library started with a previous project.)

Ms. McKinney
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gibson Holders 6AC 3-Wire Display Stand with Deep Edge, Black, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Reflection: A Twisted Tale • Amazon Business $15.28 1 $15.28
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Jannah Jewels Book 1: The Treasure of Timbuktu (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
the princess saves herself in this one • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics • Amazon Business $11.81 1 $11.81
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Cleanup (Rapid Reads) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Barrio Kings (Rapid Reads) • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming (Rapid Reads) • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Beauty and the Beast Novelization (Disney) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Ready Player One: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon Business $8.27 1 $8.27
World History Biographies: Galileo: The Genius Who Charted the Universe (National Geographic World History Biographies) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
World History Biographies: Isaac Newton: The Scientist Who Changed Everything (National Geographic World History Biographies) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Korean Cinderella (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
World History Biographies: Marie Curie: The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science (National Geographic World History Biographies) • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
How It Went Down • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.34 1 $6.34
Who Was Paul Revere? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Where Is the Taj Mahal? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Joan of Arc? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Were the Wright Brothers? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Henry VIII? • Amazon Business $5.68 1 $5.68
What Is the World Cup? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.68 1 $5.68
Who Was Alexander the Great? • Amazon Business $5.09 1 $5.09
Who Is Wayne Gretzky? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Where Is Machu Picchu? • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Who Was Chuck Jones? • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Maurice Sendak? • Amazon Business $4.75 1 $4.75
Who Is George Lucas? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.44 1 $4.44
Who Was Jim Henson? • Amazon Business $4.22 1 $4.22
Who Was Thomas Jefferson? • Amazon Business $4.12 1 $4.12
National Geographic Readers: Amelia Earhart (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Albert Einstein (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Nelson Mandela (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Who Was Seabiscuit? • Amazon Business $3.77 1 $3.77

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