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Mrs. Kriebel from Collingswood NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Summer Reading Head Start

My students need their very own copy of the summer reading book they chose!

  • $346 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are a fun and hard-working crew whom I've had the pleasure of getting to know over the past two years. I taught 16 of them in freshman English, then moved right along with them to teach them during their sophomore year.

Throughout this time, we've become a crazy little family!

Each of my classes has 11 students, with 20 sophomores total, one freshman, and one senior. Of those 22 students, 11 have IEPs, two are in speech, and a large majority of them utilize our free- or reduced-price meal program.

Despite facing a wide variety of adversity, all 22 of these teenagers find a way to bring positive energy to class, get engaged in discussion, and try their best to become better readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators. I admire their resilience, and that is why I created this little project to help them out!

My Project

Every year, rather than assign our students one book per grade, we offer a wide variety of at least 30 summer reading books for our students to choose from. Students have the opportunity to read memoirs, fantasy, realistic fiction--you name it! There is always at least one book on that list for everyone. When they return to school in September, teachers lead discussion groups for each book so students have the chance to chat about what they read with other students and teachers who read the same book.

It is a great opportunity for high school students of all different ages and backgrounds to meet new friends and connect with teachers they may not know!

This year, my students have chosen, for example, a poignant novel written in verse about a 15 year-old boy who experiences a tragic loss, a sci-fi novel about a female video game hacker, and a timely novel about young refugees from different eras tied together by their harrowing experiences.

However, students must procure a copy of the book on their own, whether they purchase it, borrow it, or find it in our school or local libraries. I know that most of the 22 students in these two classes of mine struggle to find the means to get their books, so this project is a way for me to ensure that every student gets a copy of the book they chose. There's nothing better than cracking open a brand new copy of a book you've been dying to read!

Mrs. Kriebel
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 10 $125.90
Game Change • Amazon Business $12.59 4 $50.36
Warcross • Amazon Business $12.19 3 $36.57
Refugee • Amazon Business $11.68 2 $23.36
The Book of Unknown Americans • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
What I Lost • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98

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