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Ms. Jessica Ashurst from West Jordan UT is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Sparking Life-Long Reading

Help me give my students access to diverse books in our classroom library.

  • $812 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

This project is a part of the Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month celebration because it supports a Latino teacher or a school where the majority of students are Latino.

My Students

My six classes of 10th & 11th-grade students come with a variety of reading levels and interests. They are motivated to graduate and take on any challenge placed before them including daily independent reading to help improve their reading stamina and skills. Not many of them identify themselves as "readers", however, and access our classroom library frequently to find an interesting book.

As Donalyn Miller states in The Book Whisperer, “Reading changes your life.

Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education." To get reading to change their lives, I want to build a classroom library that will reach more students and provide a wider assortment of choices.

After experiencing choice reading, a student said to me, " It wasn’t until this year in our class that I figured out that when I find books I like that I want to read."

In our class, we aspire to become life-long readers. I want to be able to guide my students in the right direction towards a love of reading and learning with this project.

My Project

Passionate about promoting literacy, I am working to build a large classroom library stocked with a wide assortment of diverse and high-interest books. My students come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of interests, reading levels, and backgrounds. My hope is that with a the selection available to them in our classroom library, students can find books that are "just the right fit" for them... and easily take them home during this pandemic!

The more access students have to books presents more opportunities to spark a love for reading and ultimately learning.

I want to give my students every opportunity to be successful in my classroom, and ultimately help as many of them become college-bound especially after the impact of COVID upon our learning. Through student-driven projects, thought-provoking discussions, and close reading of our classroom library books, my students will become life-long readers and prepare for college by reading in variety and volume.

Ms. Jessica Ashurst
Grades 9-12

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ultimate Unwind Paperback Collection: Unwind; UnWholly; UnSouled; UnDivided; UnBound (Unwind Dystology) • Amazon Business $64.99 1 $64.99
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Series 3 Books Collection Set By Holly Jackson ( A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, Good Girl Bad Blood, As Good As Dead) • Amazon Business $48.99 1 $48.99
The Selection 5-Book Box Set: The Complete Series • Amazon Business $46.60 1 $46.60
The Love & Paperback Collection: Love & Gelato; Love & Luck; Love & Olives • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99
Rachael Lippincott 3 Books Collection Set (Five Feet Apart, All This Time & The Lucky List) • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Karen M. McManus 2-Book Box Set: One of Us Is Lying and One of Us Is Next • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined • Amazon Business $11.49 2 $22.98
Dreams from Many Rivers: A Hispanic History of the United States Told in Poems • Amazon Business $18.12 1 $18.12
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration • Amazon Business $17.28 1 $17.28
Vietnam • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Ground Zero • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Concrete Rose • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
On the Come Up • Amazon Business $12.74 1 $12.74
Out of My Heart • Amazon Business $12.72 1 $12.72
Becoming • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Toll (3) (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Furia • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Frankly in Love • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Death Coming Up The Hill • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Blackout: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Refugee • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book Five; Prequel) (The Maze Runner Series) • Amazon Business $9.36 1 $9.36
They Wish They Were Us • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
They Wish They Were Us • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (3) (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
New Kid • Amazon Business $8.64 1 $8.64
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series Story) • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
Thunderhead (2) (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $8.46 1 $8.46
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
All the Bright Places • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) • Amazon Business $6.14 1 $6.14
We Were Liars • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $5.91 1 $5.91

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