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

Rebuilding for Readers and Writers

My students need books, pencils, art supplies, and a document camera to enhance their learning and allow them creative outlets.

  • $978 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My Students are Curious

Although my students are high school age, they still love hands-on, investigative learning.

These students learn best when they are able to create and learn by doing rather than listening and taking notes.

My students are Strong

Hurricane Harvey dealt my small town a devastating blow. Many of my students lost their homes, clothing, or essential supplies to begin the school year. Despite their own personal loss, it was absolutely amazing to see these kids come together for their town. Many could be seen unloading supplies, working on houses, moving trees, and helping others. Our kids shined in the face of adversity and never gave up.

My students are Writers

Whether it is writing poetry or an essay project, these kids love to learn through writing. From the moment they walk into my classroom, we write. They may not enjoy it in the beginning, but by the time they leave, my goal is that they know that they are writers and what they have to say is important. After Harvey, many of my students expressed their needs and feelings through writing. Writing helped them heal and allowed me to assess their needs.

My Project

Hurricane Harvey washed away half of my classroom library and has depleted my personal funds for my classroom. I was able to salvage some of my bookshelves and purchase a couple more, but sadly, they are not full and inviting. I want to incorporate literature circles in my classroom to allow my students more variety and control over their learning. Restoring some of the more popular books from my library will allow my students more variety to enhance their learning. We do not currently have a library on campus. The English teacher's classroom libraries have become the campus libraries for all students. I have multiple students a week coming into my classroom to "check out" books. Additionally, I would like my students to create interactive notebooks to enhance their learning. Through creativity and organization, my students should be able to excel in the classroom. In my cart, you will find a document camera to display notebooks for following along, markers, coloured paper, and glue to replenish classroom supply and help make our notebooks colourful and fun. Also, you will find 5 copies of various books. These books were selected with the students in mind. I want them to have variety when choosing books to read for their literature circles. Finally, you will find items I have chosen to make my classroom more inviting such as an Echo Dot (Alexa can quiz the kids and give me a timer), borders, and pens for grading.

Ms. Pursch
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The New York Times Upfront, Grades 9 - 12 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) - 14 Issues / Min. 10 Subscriptions / Grades 9–12 • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $9.99 10 $99.90
Ipevo Ziggi-HD Plus High-Definition USB Document Camera • Amazon Business $99.00 1 $99.00
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $12.95 5 $64.75
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $11.39 5 $56.95
Staples Stickies Restickable Easel Pad, 30 Sheets, 1" Blank, White, 30"H x 25"W, 2/Ct • Staples Advantage $27.59 2 $55.18
Crayola Bulk Markers, Ultra Clean, Broad Line, 200 Count Classpack, Washable • Amazon Business $54.89 1 $54.89
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Black • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Matched • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
Uglies • Amazon Business $7.98 5 $39.90
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 3 $37.47
Starters • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
Heat • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
The Underdogs • AKJ Education $5.83 5 $29.15
Pentel Energel Deluxe RTX Retractable Liquid Gel-Ink Pens, Needle Tip, Medium Point, Violet, Dozen • Staples Advantage $23.49 1 $23.49
Pentel EnerGel Deluxe RTX Retractable Liquid Gel-Ink Pens, Needle Tip, Medium Point, Blue, Dozen (BLN77-C ) • Staples Advantage $23.49 1 $23.49
Staples Brights Colored Paper, 8.5" x 11", Neon Assorted, 500/Ream (20201) • Staples Advantage $10.69 2 $21.38
Expo Low Odor Chisel Tip Dry-Erase Markers, Assorted, 12/pk (80699) • Staples Advantage $9.89 2 $19.78
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Sharpie Flip Chart Markers, Assorted, 8/pk (22478) • Staples Advantage $5.26 1 $5.26

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