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Mrs. Cruse from Heavener OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Searching for Soul Through Poetry

My students need more books! These resources will expand our classroom library and allow our students to pursue their interests with new copies of various graphic novels and poetry like I am More than a Daydream.

  • $194 goal

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My Students

My classroom is a challenge. Students walk in, possibly, a bit intimidated, but they leave vindicated. My students know that the work ethic in my room will push them to their limits, but that I will give them the tools and the time necessary to help them succeed. My students are some of the best out there.

Students deserve to read stories that reflect their lives.

Our entire school qualifies for free lunches due to income. Students often come to school in weather inappropriate clothes. Many of these instances aren't a full result of neglect, but a different standard of what is socially acceptable. I work with my students to show them that there can be an appreciation of their culture, but also that many companies and schools will require them to modify their work ethic. Our high English Language Learner population also adds in a different cultural element.

My Project

We will use high interest, multi-topic poetry books to reach students.

Reading is the key to everything!

This will also enable some students to "bridge" the gap--as we have increased classroom reading. It is becoming "cool" to tote a book. This will expand the options for our students, as our school library receives no budget.

This project will assist students with expanding Lexile levels and comprehension, something that will enhance school work. These titles will help bridge the gap. I've been successful in providing these super popular books to my English reading students, but I need to find a way to provide those types of materials to my Spanish reading students as well. By executing projects like this, I am developing lifelong learners that will be productive in society.

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

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This project will reach 338 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Whiskey Words & a Shovel III • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Whiskey Words & a Shovel II • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Darling;: A poetry book for those who need to hear what they cannot say. • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
A Beautiful Composition of Broken • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
Herding Cats: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection • Amazon Business $12.22 1 $12.22
Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Planting Gardens in Graves • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
Big Mushy Happy Lump: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Milk and Honey • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
in the absence of the sun • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I am More Than a Daydream • Amazon Business $5.38 1 $5.38
Black Book of Poems • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47

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