My students need 20 copies of Roald Dahl's "The BFG".
I teach seventh grade literature in the South Bronx, the poorest Congressional district in the country, in a school filled with some of the most heart-breakingly inspiring children in the world. Nearly 90% of my students qualify for free lunch and all of them are in need of as much extra support and help as they can get.
My students need 20 copies of Roald Dahl's "The BFG" for the first seventh grade class read of the year. My school does not have a class set of the novel and my students desperately need the text. I want my students to be able to actively interact with their books-- to feel the slightly risen ink on the page, to scribble notes and text-to-text reflections on the sides, and most importantly, to have the gift of owning a really fabulous book that they can look back upon year after year.
My students are diverse in background and complex in mind and spirit. They believe deeply in friendship, fairness, and heart. They have personally experienced how difficult life can be. The themes in Dahl's "The BFG" will carry them away into a world of imagination where giants rule and dreams come true.
With your generous donations, you will be able to inflame my students into a love of reading and, most importantly, a love of books. Technology is on the verge of driving books into extinction and it has become even more essential for us to remind kids how wonderful it is to hold a book in your hands. My students are particularly remarkable little minds, spirits, and hearts and I have no doubt that they will change a simple class read to an individual life-changing experience.
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