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Ms. Dickerson from Arvin CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Love of Books is the Best of All

My students need an in-class library of popular and easy-to-read books to read at leisure to increase their literacy skills and general enjoyment of books.

  • $590 goal

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My Students

My freshmen students come into my class on their first day of high school a little scared, a little brave and with a lot of willingness to learn and explore. They are leaving behind childhood and beginning young adulthood. No longer do they get "socially promoted" and now they have to earn their grades to pass classes and graduate from high school. This can be a struggle for a large number of students, as 64% of our student body are not at grade level reading.

"Reading gives us somewhere to go when we have to stay where we are".

- Mason Cooley. In a largely Hispanic town (93%) of approximately 21,000 people, more than half live below the poverty level, so travel is a luxury not afforded by many. The idea of having books beyond textbooks from school is quite often deemed unnecessary, and as an extra expense. When 65% of our community does not have a high school diploma, reading is not valued as a resource to gain literacy skills and a complete education.

I want more for my students. A present and a future where they can experience the world for real or from a book.

My Project

During summer school I teach our incoming freshmen in a class called "Summer Bridge". This class is for kids that are in the middle ground between could fail or could succeed in school. I believe that given the best support, encouragement, and strategies, all students can succeed. One of the strategies I offer to increase their chances of success is reading for fun. More than 64% of our students are below 6th grade reading level when they step on campus for the first day of their high school career. I believe that their literacy, vocabulary, spelling, sentence structure, grammar, writing and imagination can be increased by reading for fun. I want to provide them with the box sets of books that go along with some of their favorite and high interest movies like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Eragon, Twilight, and more.

I have a "cozy cave" area in my classroom with comfortable seating, pillows and throws, that the students may use after school to select a book from the in-class library to read at leisure.

I would also tempt them with tea and biscuits, popcorn and soda, or like refreshments. It would be a warm, friendly, encouraging atmosphere where kids can feel safe to just enjoy a good book. I will be there to assist in any troubling words or vocabulary. It will be a refuge to students that love to read but don't have books or snacks at home.

The donations to this project will help to improve my students' literacy and love of books.

Ms. Dickerson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $52.16 1 $52.16
The Lunar Chronicles Boxed Set: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Stars Above, Winter • Amazon Business $45.45 1 $45.45
The Twilight Saga White Collection • Amazon Business $42.90 1 $42.90
The Legend Trilogy • Amazon Business $37.82 1 $37.82
A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons • Amazon Business $34.69 1 $34.69
Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Trade Paperback Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, In (The Inheritance Cycle) • Amazon Business $30.36 1 $30.36
The Selection Series 1-5 Book Set: (The Selection, the Elite, the One, the Heir and the Crown) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Divergent Series Four-Book Paperback Box Set: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four • Amazon Business $28.58 1 $28.58
The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set • Amazon Business $27.66 1 $27.66
The Heroes of Olympus Paperback Boxed Set • Amazon Business $23.85 1 $23.85
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the • Amazon Business $22.49 1 $22.49
The Kane Chronicles Box Set • Amazon Business $20.18 1 $20.18
The School for Good and Evil Series Paperback Box Set: Books 1-3 • Amazon Business $15.37 1 $15.37
E. B. White Box Set: Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

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