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Mr. Ohl from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Best Books for the Best Kids!

My students need 4 box sets of the everk-popular "Gossip Girl" series, 8 copies of "Number the Stars", and 1 copy of "Lebron James".

  • $519 goal

This project expired on July 17, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our kids are the best! Everyday our work with them is paying off and they are making intellectual gains. The problem is that we never have enough engaging books for them! We don't have a school library yet and we really need more books to keep our students on the path to success!

We are located in the South Bronx which is ground-zero for childhood poverty.

Our students and their families cannot afford to buy books even in great economic times. In these depressed times, things are worse and our school budget has been cut for five consecutive years. Our good books are in short supply! This is why I have written this grant to you. We desperately need your help to get these incredible books and help our amazing students progress to higher reading levels. We use the Reader's Workshop model from Columbia Teacher's College. What that means is that each student is expected to read a book at his or her reading level. To accomplish this task we must at all times have a multitude of interesting books at a variety of reading levels. The books I have carefully chosen for this grant would help our classroom library to meet these goals. These books would immediately day one that we receive them be used by students to improve their reading comprehension.

My Project

We teach strategies for how to think deeper about a text you are reading. These strategies are profoundly effective if the book is right for you. These books will be right for many of our kids. They will be utilized from the day they are received at our school for an hour a day of independent reading. Many students will also read the books every night at home for multiple hours. Our students have been begging me to get them interesting on-level books to read. The books I have chosen are popular. The "Gossip Girl" series is extremely popular among our girls who are reluctant readers. Many of them have been requesting these books for months and I haven't been able to get them into their hands yet. Also, the book "Number the Stars" is one of the great Middle School texts for teaching compassion and empathy. The books will be a big hit in our learning community!

Please help us provide our students with the powerful ideas in these inspiring books!

I have bought numerous books on my own but a teacher's salary doesn't give enough room for the kind of philanthropy that our kids desperately need. Please help us by providing these essential resources for our wonderful students! We thank your for your continuing support for our cause. The betterment of our students is the betterment of our world. Thank you and god bless!

Mr. Ohl
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 142 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gossip Girl • AKJ Books $88.80 4 $355.20
Number the Stars • AKJ Books $5.17 8 $41.36
NBA Reader LeBron James • AKJ Books $2.95 1 $2.95

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