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Ms. Abounader-Ciesla from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reluctant Readers LOVE These Books!

My students need "real" books at their reading levels that capture their attention.

  • $633 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"I hate reading." "I don't like to read." "This is too hard." As a middle school librarian, I hear kids saying things like this all day. Unfortunately, the students who say these things are the kids that most desperately need the extra reading practice.

The 1,098 students at my urban middle school come from a variety of backgrounds, but many of them are high-needs (76% of our students qualify for free or reduced price lunch).

We have a large special ed population (28%) that is getting bigger every year. 12% of our students are English Language Learners. Currently, only 33% of our students are reading at or above grade level. Teachers and administrators at my school are working together to raise this crucial percentage and improve student achievement, but, as is the case across the country, resources are being stretched further every school year.

My Project

My lowest achieving students only want to read about "real" drama and "real" problems - in other words, books about urban teens. These books need to be written at an appropriate reading level for my students. Most importantly, these books need to have kids that look like my students on the cover. We have some of these books in my library, but supply does not meet the demand. Recently, I found a publisher that puts out the perfect books that meet every qualification listed above, as well as books about popular rap artists. I left the catalog with these books on the counter for students to see, and the response was unanimous - "When are you getting these? I want to read all of them!" I knew I had to find a way to get these books as soon as possible. If this project is fulfilled, it is guaranteed that many of these habitually low achievers will gain much needed extracurricular reading practice in a fun and painless way - and they will come back begging for more!

Many of my students have spent their school days feeling embarrassed about their reading levels and unenthusiastic about their reading choices.

It is crucial that we reach these students before they lose their motivation to read entirely, and these books will help. If this project is funded, over 1,000 students will have access to these books. With your help, my students will be motivated to read and succeed!

Ms. Abounader-Ciesla
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lil Wayne -Hip Hop Biography • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Deliverance • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Leap of Faith • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
No Fear • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Stranger • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Rescuers • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
See No Evil • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Drake • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
50 Cent • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Jay-Z-Hip Hop Biography • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Niki Minaj • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Pitbull - Hip Hop Biography • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Rihanna • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Usher-Hip Hop Biography • AKJ Books $7.99 1 $7.99
Dark Secrets-Urban Underground • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Time of Courage • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
To Catch a Dream • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Unforgiven • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Waters Edge • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Finer Points of Becoming Machine • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Only Brother • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Juicy Central Book 9 • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
A Second Shot • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Shadows of Guilt (Urban Underground #2) • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
To Be a Man • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Wildflower • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
A Boy Called Twister (Urban Underground #3) • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Don''t Think About Tomorrow • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Fairest • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
If You Really Loved Me (Urban Underground #4) • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Like a Broken Doll • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
One of Us (Urban Underground #5) • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Outcasts • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Outrunning the Darkness (Urban Underground #1) • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Quality of Mercy • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Breaking Dawn • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Marty''s Diary • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Questions Within • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Seeing Red • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Robinson''s Hood • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
The Bank of Badness • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Chopped! • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Edge of Ready • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
2 Days • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Unchained • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Falling Out of Place • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Always Upbeat:Cheer Drama/All That:Baller Swag • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Keep Jumping:Cheer Drama/No Hating:Baller Swag • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Yell Out: Cheer Drama/Do You: Baller Swag • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Settle Down:Cheer Drama/Be Real:Baller Swag • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Shake It:Cheer Drama/Got Pride:Baller Swag • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Fitting In • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Bein'' Good • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Blind Trust • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Holding Back • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Keepin'' Her Man • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Stalked • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Fake Date • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Doin'' It • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Juicy Central Book 10 • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Before the Snap • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Fighting the Legend • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
The Handoff • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Hit Just Right • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Line Up • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
No Easy Race • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Taking Control • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Wings • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
The Lost • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26

Materials cost

$500.25

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.50

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$537.75

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$94.90

Total project goal

$632.65

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$632.65

4 Donors

-$555.51

Donations toward project cost

-$537.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.76

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$77.14

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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