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Mr. Merksamer from Chelsea MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Hate U Give and Ferguson

Help me give my students individual copies of the Hate U Give. This will allow them each to have a copy that they can take home to read on their own.

  • $327 goal

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My Students

My classroom consists of twenty amazing students from Chelsea, MA, just outside Boston, MA. Though many of them come from difficult backgrounds and homelives, the students in my class strive for excellence both inside and outside the classroom. They inherently care about each other and are focused on making sure their peers are successful.

Chelsea, MA is a low income, immigrant community.

My students face a lot of obstacles in their lives, from unstructured home lives to unhealthy and dangerous distractions outside the classroom, but they make up for it with hard work, determination, and a positive attitude. They are truly my inspiration!

My Project

One of the classes I teach is a reading enrichment class with high level readers and writers. The purpose of this class is to keep kids reading and excited about reading. After reading The Hate U Give last year, and especially with the movie coming out, I couldn't think of a better book to do that. All of my students are children of color, and they will recognize and I am sure relate to the themes of oppression, segregation, and racism covered in The Hate U Give. My goal is to pair this reading with a study of Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement with the end of goal of students recognizing the power of community activism.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $12.18 20 $243.60

Materials cost

$243.60

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.65

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$277.25

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$48.93

Total project goal

$326.18

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$326.18

1 Donor

-$326.18

Donations toward project cost

-$277.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$48.93

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$0.00

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