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Mrs. Tielke from Brookshire TX is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading without Barriers

Help me give my students books they can relate to, no matter their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs, weight, size, background, political beliefs, etc.

  • $1,895 goal

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My Project

My students are the best of the best. They are respectful, smart, hardworking, kind, and eager to learn more about this world. Though I have over 400 books in my current classroom library, the majority of them were written before 2000 and don’t represent different cultures. We have a library on-campus, but we do not have a librarian and because of this, our current book selection doesn’t seem to get updated frequently. Additionally, this means we don’t have someone on-campus who is able to help students find books to read for enjoyment. I have been rotating the 20-30 books I have that were written after 2015 on a display shelf and my students are begging for more. I honestly wish I could give each of these kids a gift card to a local bookstore, where they could purchase any and every single book that they could possibly dream of wanting. Unfortunately, I can’t. The next best thing, in my opinion, is to stock my shelves with books that they can borrow. Many of my students live in a world that is unpredictable, not only in regards to politics and national crime, but also in regards to not knowing if they will have food on the table each night. Books are an escape for them. Books give them a true picture of what the world can look like. Books give them a world that they can escape to, when times are tough. Through your generous donations, I will continue to stock my classroom library with books that include stories of hope and overcoming obstacles, and that have characters that look like my own students. You will help me give these students a safe place to escape the unpredictability of this world.

Mrs. Tielke
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Seeing is Believing: Graphic Books for Teens (14 books) • AKJ Education $187.46 1 $187.46
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 7/8 At Level (20 Books) • AKJ Education $172.48 1 $172.48
Jennifer Serravallo Go-To Books for Writing - Grade 5 (15 Books) • AKJ Education $156.83 1 $156.83
Who Was? Nonfiction (24 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $114.13 1 $114.13
Read Woke Issues In Action - Opioid Epidemic (7 Books) • AKJ Education $113.72 1 $113.72
Grade 7 Diversity, Social Justice & Inclusion (10 Books) • AKJ Education $107.94 1 $107.94
Read Woke Issues In Action - Income Inequality (8 Books) • AKJ Education $86.19 1 $86.19
Character Education (7 books) • AKJ Education $73.26 1 $73.26
DS324 - Multicultural Biographies Paperback Library • Lakeshore Learning Materials $71.50 1 $71.50
The Power of Love (6 books) • AKJ Education $52.78 1 $52.78
Mathical Award and Honors Grades 9-12 (5 Books) • AKJ Education $46.48 1 $46.48
African American Historical Fiction (5 Books) • AKJ Education $32.29 1 $32.29
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 bk set) • AKJ Education $31.50 1 $31.50
Series Sampler - What Was? (5 Books) • AKJ Education $23.62 1 $23.62
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $19.70 1 $19.70
Tile Lock Scrabble • AKJ Education $16.79 1 $16.79
(Don't) Call Me Crazy • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Salt to the Sea • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
The Unwanted • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
I Am Alfonso Jones • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
None of the Above • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Elena Vanishing A Memoir • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Cursed • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Words on Bathroom Walls • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Girl, Interrupted • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Fences • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
Some Assembly Required The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
When I Was the Greatest • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Screaming Quietly • AKJ Education $8.72 1 $8.72
The Running Dream • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Guts & Glory: The Vikings • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Ninth Ward • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Bronx Masquerade • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Locomotion • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Navigating Early • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Fourteenth Goldfish • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Devil's Arithmetic (Puffin Modern Classics) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Red Umbrella • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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