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Mrs. Lemoniades from Bradenton FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters

My students need to see themselves and their lives in the books that they read.

  • $528 goal

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My Students

I teach at an inner city school in which 96% of our student population is considered "Economically Disadvantaged." We have have one of the highest populations of English Language Learning students in the district secondary schools. A great many of our students come to us speaking little to no English and those who do speak English are struggling with higher level comprehension and literacy skills.

Despite the great disadvantages so many of my students start their educations with, in them I see the will and determination to succeed.

They don't allow their circumstances to define them. Despite a social climate that creates fear for their safety and stability they continue to show up and work hard every day. These are students with big dreams and the will to create them. They utilize the help they find here to create relationships and build a solid foundation for their future.

My Project

Research has suggested time and again that one of the most effective ways to help struggling and disengaged readers is to ask them to read. Just simply to read. The number of minutes per day that a student spends reading is directly correlated to their ability to pass standardized tests of English skills. A child who reads for only 20 minutes per day reads 1.8 million words per year and is likely to score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests of Reading.

But reading means more than simply being able to pass a test.

Reading is a means of exploring concepts and issues that are meaningful to our lives in a way that is safe and sheltered from true harm. Reading allows us to explore big ideas in a manageable way. It allows us to experience the world within the confines of our own homes. But for many of my students, they have never experienced the joy of reading a book and discovering a character, or story line in which they can see themselves of their families.

In my cart you can see that the bulk of the books I have chosen have characters of color or story lines about issues that are relevant to my students today. I have many books in my classroom library. But I do not have nearly enough books for my students that they would find meaningful and pertinent to their own life experiences. I am hoping with this DonorsChoose project to remedy this situation and give my struggling readers the chance to read books in which they can see themselves and their lives reflected.

Mrs. Lemoniades
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Turtles All the Way Down • AKJ Education $14.59 2 $29.18
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $11.18 2 $22.36
All American Boys • AKJ Education $10.75 2 $21.50
Wonder • AKJ Education $10.68 2 $21.36
The Crossover • AKJ Education $10.28 2 $20.56
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them : The Original Screenplay • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
The Maze Runner (Book One) • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Auggie & Me Three Wonder Stories • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Girl in Translation • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Secret Life of Bees • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Drown • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $10.78 1 $10.78
Uglies • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $9.44 1 $9.44
Paradise Lost • AKJ Education $8.76 1 $8.76
The House of the Scorpion • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
The Fault in Our Stars • AKJ Education $8.58 1 $8.58
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Paper Towns • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
El Deafo • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Life As We Knew It • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Stuck in Neutral • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Black Like Me • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Seedfolks • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Hobbit • AKJ Education $6.13 1 $6.13
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Romiette And Julio • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Autobiography of Malcolm X • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.58 1 $5.58
Love That Dog • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Dracula • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34

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