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Mrs. Lewis
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 10 donors
  • $0 still needed

The Immortal HeLa Cells Investigative Research Project

My students need 30 copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

My Students

This book is a goldmine. Using scientific and historical narratives gives numerous possibilities for multidisciplinary projects and discussion activities. Our school faces state-mandated and high-stakes writing assessments that focus on rhetoric and persuasion, and Skloot's book would benefit us.

My student body is very diverse and my school has over 60 countries represented.

The school is 90% free and reduced lunch. They love to learn and they love to be challenged. Many of them plan to study nursing and are taking classes at Vo-Tech to prepare for this. My students' families have been victims of persecution and I know they will be able to relate to Henrietta Lacks' story. Many of them believe that they cannot win and I hope to inspire them as well as teach them.

My Project

They will change the world one day! I truly believe my students with your support can gain the knowledge needed to make this world a better place. Like Whitney sang, "The children are our future, teach them well, and let them lead the way". By providing these books, you will raise their awareness, reading comprehension skills, and morale. This is the story of an underdog who has been treated unfairly based on race and economic disparity. My students can relate to that because for many of them that is their story. They constantly face trials and they need to know that justice will prevail like it did for Henrietta Lacks.

You might think, "Oh these are just books, they don't matter!" You are wrong!

Books are so vital to our society and this book represents so much more. Students will be learning history, science, medicine, and language arts all in one session. Please help up us because it takes a village to raise a child. Please help me be that village. Donate today. You won't be disappointed.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • AKJ Books $11.68 30 $350.40

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This project will reach 156 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Kia Motors America and 9 other donors.

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