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Mrs. Zaharris from Lemoore CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Smithsonian Books for Reluctant Readers

My students need Smithsonian books to read for pleasure. I have many students, particularly boys who are reluctant readers. These students like nonfiction, illustrated books, and my collection needs updating.

  • $449 goal

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My Students

The students at my high school come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Over 50% of our students come from low-income families. Many of our students have parents who serve in the military or work at the local military base. We have students who have parents who are seasonal agricultural workers. My goal is to provide a safe, welcoming place for all students. I also want to make sure they have the resources and materials they need to be successful in high school and beyond.

Many students will be the first in their families to attend college, and the library is here to support them in their educational journey.

DonorsChoose is a wonderful partner for schools who are trying to manage shrinking budgets, while still providing materials and books the students need to be successful. My school district is very supportive of the library, but we have many great programs at my school, so I am grateful to DonorsChoose for providing additional materials and books for my students.

My Project

Many students in my school do not like to read, and so I want to provide books these students will be interested in. A novel can be daunting to them and many are just not interested in reading fiction. Smithsonian books are well written and the illustrations are wonderful.

Students do judge a book by its cover, and just looking at the covers on these books makes you want to open them up.

Many of the books in these sections of my library are from the 1980's and 1990's and some even older than that, yet they still get checked out.

A lot of times I will just leave books laying around the library I think the students will enjoy looking at. Usually, these books will get checked out, and then students will come and ask me for other recommendations. I find this a good way to encourage students to read.

Mrs. Zaharris
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide, 3rd Edition • Amazon Business $47.50 1 $47.50
Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare • Amazon Business $40.02 1 $40.02
Wildlife of the World (Dk Smithsonian) • Amazon Business $34.00 1 $34.00
World War I: The Definitive Visual History • Amazon Business $32.00 1 $32.00
Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History • Amazon Business $29.15 1 $29.15
Ocean • Amazon Business $28.18 1 $28.18
The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History • Amazon Business $24.54 1 $24.54
Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World • Amazon Business $24.04 1 $24.04
Train: The Definitive Visual History (Dk Smithsonian) • Amazon Business $23.23 1 $23.23
Cars, Trains, Ships, and Planes • Amazon Business $21.14 1 $21.14
The Arts: A Visual Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

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