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  • $754 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Darrah
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Saving Middle School Readers One Good Book at a Time

My students need 70 high interest books in our classroom library from "Airhead" to "Zee''s Way" to read during independent reading time.

My Students

Middle school teachers across the country hear the same thing from 12, 13, and 14 year olds. "I used to like reading in 4th grade," they tell us. "Now there aren't enough good books."

My students attend a 6th through 12th grade charter school that is focused on college acceptance and graduation.

The majority of my students will be the first in their family to attend college. We have a high ESL population and a high refugee population.

My Project

Every middle school kid is really an "at risk" reader. But, we know that we can't lose them in middle school! It is our job as educators and as those who know the joy of a wonderful reading life, to get to know our kids and to get to know TONS of books. Then we have to say to each child, "Oh, I don't know why I didn't think of this before. You and this book are the perfect match!" In order to do this, we must have wonderful classroom libraries that are full of books that kids want to read. Because research shows that struggling readers need to spend significant amounts of time actually reading books that they have chosen and that are on their reading level, we have built an independent reading time into the schedule.

Many of our students come to our school reading significantly below grade level.

Many of them don't believe that there are books that they can relate to. Our students are beginning to become invested in their own reading, and they are asking for more books to choose from. Please be part of helping us fill our shelves and a part of giving our middle school students the gift of a thriving reading life.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Chronicle of Vladimir Tod • AKJ Books $21.89 1 $21.89
Dead End Job • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
The Gun • AKJ Books $1.50 1 $1.50
Double Dutch Sharon M. Draper • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Dead End in Norvelt • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
A Mango shaped Space • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Back Norah McClintock • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Bystander • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Trash • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Clas • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
How I Live Now • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Book Thief - HC • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Burger Wuss M. T. Anderson • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Little Brother • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Hannah''s Touch • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Airhead (Airhead Series #1) Meg Cabot • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Overdrive • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Quaking Kathryn Erskine • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Rifle • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Zee''s Way • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Red Glass • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
The Young Landlords • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Being Nikki (Airhead Series) Meg Cabot • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Chronicles of Harris Burdick • AKJ Books $18.24 1 $18.24
High Dive • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Place Called Ugly, A • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Fortunes of Indigo Skye • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Thunderbowl • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Confessions of a Teen Nanny (Confessions of a Teen Nanny Ser • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Eloise Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $13.14 1 $13.14
Fish • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Saving Juliet • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
The Book Thief • AKJ Books $22.05 1 $22.05
The Island • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
The Queen of Water • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
War Games Jacqueline Guest • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Ophelia • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Star Turn • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Underground (David Macaulay) • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Winter Shadows • AKJ Books $8.72 1 $8.72
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Who Am I Without Him? • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Petty Crimes • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
A Day of Pleasures: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Roald Dahl • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Flirtin'' with the Monster: Your Favorite Authors on Ellen Ho • AKJ Books $9.45 1 $9.45
Angry Management Chris Crutcher • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Hallway Diaries: How To Be Down\Double Act\The Summer She Le • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Read All About It!: Great Read-Aloud Stories, Poems, and Newspaper Pieces for Preteens and Teens • AKJ Books $12.41 1 $12.41
Rising Voices • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
At Risk Jacqueline Guest • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
Who Am I without Him?: A Short Story Collection about Girls • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Big City Cool: Short Stories About Urban Youth • AKJ Books $8.95 1 $8.95
Free?: Stories About Human Rights Amnesty International • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Breaking Up is Hard to Do • AKJ Books $17.06 1 $17.06
Scary Stories Barry Moser (Illustrator), Peter Glassman (Int • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
5 Novels : Alan Mendelsohn the Boy from Mars, Slaves of Spie • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
American Eyes • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Breakfast at Tiffany''s • AKJ Books $10.22 1 $10.22
Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color (Hardcover) • AKJ Books $13.86 1 $13.86
Teen Angel Gloria L. Velasquez • AKJ Books $9.95 1 $9.95
Teen Ink: Written in the Dirt: A Collection of Short Stories • AKJ Books $9.45 1 $9.45
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
First Kiss (Then Tell) • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
How Do I Love Thee • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Santa Claus in Baghdad • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
Who Can Save Us Now? • AKJ Books $18.97 1 $18.97

Materials cost

$601.66

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.02

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$640.68

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$113.06

Total project goal

$753.74

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$753.74

3 Donors

-$753.74

Donations toward project cost

-$640.68

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$113.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 140 students.

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