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Mr. Laing from Detroit MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

See a Book! Grab a Book! Read a Book!

My students need books that speak to and engage their identity in order to build a love for reading!

  • $1,000 goal

This project expired on December 17, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Greetings! I teach 7th and 8th grade social studies in Southwest Detroit. 98% of my students are African American and Latino and 90% qualify for free/reduced school lunch. My students are incredibly resourceful, hard working and have an advanced understanding of what it means to be resilient. My students are poets (our school hosts open mics consistently), visual artists, athletes (our basketball team has reached the championship 4 years in a row), musicians (you should hear our drum line!), and most importantly great people!

My Project

As a social studies and advisory teacher (of primarily African American males), I understand the importance of explaining the world to my students in an engaging way. My class is most useful for my students when it explains the problems of the world that most effect their day to day living scenarios in order to empower my students to make a difference.

Each book for the "See a Book, Grab a Book, Read a Book!" project has intentionally been chosen.

Monster, Slam, and You Don't Even Know me are going to be an outlet for my students to question, develop, and evolve their identity as young African American boys. The Skin I'm In will serve a similar function, except it will confront their ideas and treatment of their classmates that are young women. These books will be used during advisory in which we will read and write together to develop our identities and push each other to grow.

Things Fall Apart will be the first book we read in history this year! This is a great book that allows us to interrogate pre-and post colonial Nigeria as told by the Igbo people (through Achebe)! After a year of having zero history books and making copies every Sunday night (the words paper jam even pain me to write!) I would LOVE for my students to be able to have real books in class this year!

Mr. Laing
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Things Fall Apart: A Novel • AKJ Education $6.75 30 $202.50
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.56 25 $164.00
Slam! • AKJ Education $6.56 25 $164.00
Monster • AKJ Education $7.29 20 $145.80
You Don't Even Know Me Stories and Poems About Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 20 $131.20

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