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Mrs. Joy Marsh from Statesboro GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

So Many Books, So Little Time...

Help me give my students books to expand our classroom library and add excitement to our reading.

  • $446 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

In today's world of iPhones, Playstations, Xboxes and readily available entertainment, many kids no longer know the reward of simply reading a book. More and more, I hear students say, "I hate reading." How far have we fallen when children declare their hatred of the written word?

Looking at my classes, I see a room filled with typical 11-12-year-olds.

They love sports, their friends, TV, hunting, and fishing. They are attached to their phones, iPods and tablets. Hallway conversations reveal fights with friends, dramatic breakups, who said what to whom, and weekend plans. They love to dance and listen to music. Their day is made when I utter the words, "You may listen to your music while you work." In many ways, they remind me of myself at that age. But the challenges they face in today's world are much greater.

My Project

Maya Angelou once said, "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." With the development of instant gratification games at your fingertips, children have lost interest in anything that requires persistence and stamina. The result is a loss of interest in reading. As a Reading teacher, my focus has had to shift as well. Instead of assuming that students are reading at home, I am focusing on renewing their interest in reading and having them read during the school day. In order for this to happen, we need books! Lots and lots of books! Books purchased through this project will be inventoried and added to my classroom library. They will become a part of our daily book talks, which, throughout the course of a school year, will potentially introduce students to 180 different books that they may not have even known existed! Imagine the impact of 180 book talks every year!

Since beginning the daily book talks, students have shown a renewed interest in reading.

The books that have been a part of my book talks are being read and have a waiting list in both my classroom library and the school library. But without your help, my classroom library will run out of new titles for our book talks.

Mrs. Joy Marsh
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
NADAMOO Wireless Barcode Scanner 328 Feet Transmission Distance USB Cordless 1D Laser Automatic Barcode Reader Handhold Bar Code Scanner with USB Receiver for Store, Supermarket, Warehouse • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
King's Cage (Red Queen) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Priceless: Crime Travelers Spy School Mystery & International Adventure Series Book 3 • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
Diamonds Are For Never: Crime Travelers Spy School Mystery & International Adventure Series Book 2 • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
Kingdom Keepers Boxed Set: Featuring Kingdom Keepers I, II, and III • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
The Lonely Dead • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Children of Jubilee (Children of Exile) • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Red Queen • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Mystery on Church Hill (The Virginia Mysteries) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Ghosts of Belle Isle (The Virginia Mysteries) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Claim to Fame • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Brainwashed: Crime Travelers Spy School Mystery & International Adventure Series Book 1 • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Bad Boy: A Memoir • Amazon Business $9.54 1 $9.54
Glass Sword (Red Queen) • Amazon Business $9.37 1 $9.37
The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Burning Bridge (The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 2) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Slam! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Monster • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 3) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Secret Lake: A children's mystery adventure • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Wish • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Double Identity • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Children of Exile • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Children of Refuge (Children of Exile) • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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