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Mrs. Vestal from Houston TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tempting Titles for Eager Readers

My students need high-interest books to foster love of reading by replenishing our classroom library as well as supplies such as the large sticky notes to facilitate hands-on learning.

  • $998 goal

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My Students

My students are hungry to learn. They have chosen to come to a public school-of-choice in the heart of downtown Houston because academics are their first priority. Many of our students are first generation college goers. They come to Bridge Academy in the summer, stay after school for tutorials frequently, and even stay willingly for Saturday tutorials during the spring semester. In fact, many times our students would stay after school rather than go home! Despite their eagerness, they are often far behind in their reading level.

For many students, this will be the first year that they will be asked to read a full novel for school.

Because the school overall is 82% free and reduced lunch and many of our families are primarily Spanish-speaking households, many families do not have the means to surround themselves with high-interest books. Furthermore, many of the feeder middle schools are forced to focus on tested objectives at the expense of a deep reading of great literature. It is crucial that these eager students develop a love and value of reading!

My Project

The books that I have requested will help to replenish our classroom library with irresistible established reads such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska as well as newer timely titles such as The Hate U Give. I have requested graphic novels for hesitant readers and book series to lull students into reading a second and even a third independent reading book. The majority of these books, particularly the mysteries were actually requested by last year's freshmen and therefore guaranteed to appeal to their target audience.

Your donation will help to foster a true love and value of reading that will serve these students well past their freshmen year on into their adult lives.

Because many of these students will come to me never having read a novel from cover to cover, it is critical that their first experience doing so be a positive one. Choosing these high-interest titles will help to make that a reality. The other supplies will allow us to do projects and games to sustain student interest after we have read when it comes time to analyze and demonstrate our ability to analyze through various written responses and projects.

Mrs. Vestal
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 2 Pads, Large White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Super Sticking Power (559) • Amazon Business $42.98 4 $171.92
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $52.16 1 $52.16
Sharpie 25010 Accent Tank-Style Highlighter, Fluorescent Blue, 12-Pack • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
Maus : A Survivor's Tale. I. My Father Bleeds History. II. And Here My Troubles Began • Amazon Business $22.20 1 $22.20
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $9.71 2 $19.42
Blankets • Amazon Business $18.78 1 $18.78
The Perks of Being a Wallflower • Amazon Business $8.58 2 $17.16
Storm and Silence (Storm and Silence Saga) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.47 2 $14.94
The Trials of Apollo Book Two The Dark Prophecy • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
The Belles • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Silence is Golden (Storm and Silence Saga) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Lies You Never Told Me • Amazon Business $13.36 1 $13.36
In the Eye of the Storm (Storm and Silence Saga) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The Godfather • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
Alone • Amazon Business $12.28 1 $12.28
Leah on the Offbeat • Amazon Business $11.74 1 $11.74
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $5.69 2 $11.38
The Trials of Apollo Book Three The Burning Maze • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
Down and Across • Amazon Business $10.42 1 $10.42
The Spy: A Novel of Mata Hari (Vintage International) • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
Six Years • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Awake • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Warrior of the Light: A Manual • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Trials of Apollo, The Book One The Hidden Oracle • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Hoops • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Cross: Also published as ALEX CROSS • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
Loew-Cornell Simply Art Wood Jumbo Craft Sticks 300 ct. • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
I Am the Messenger • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
A Court of Thorns and Roses • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Missing You • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
The Cellar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Last Don: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, Book 2) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Count of Monte Cristo: Abridged Edition (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
To All the Boys I've Loved Before • Amazon Business $7.53 1 $7.53
In the End (They will still hunt us down) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Sicilian: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Stay Close • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
The Pigman • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Scorpions, 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies) • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
Dead Girls Don't Lie • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The Sword of Summer • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent) • Amazon Business $6.45 1 $6.45
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) • Amazon Business $5.38 1 $5.38
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies) • Amazon Business $5.14 1 $5.14
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $4.15 1 $4.15
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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