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Mrs. Patino from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Phoenix Rise Through Reading

My students need 26 books of interest to read during independent reading time. They are quickly going through the titles I have available!

  • $424 goal

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I teach 9th graders in a high-need charter school. My area of specialty is English Language Arts, and I teach multiple sections of world literature.

When was the last time you read a really good book from cover to cover non-stop? You know, the kind of book that makes you turn the pages and takes you places. For most teens in my school this is an experience they have never felt. Unfortunately, only 5% of my students have read more than 10 books when they arrive in my classroom. Less than 20% own between 5-10 books. Financial hardship for my students' families causes them relegate books to the bottom of their "need" list, unknowingly, adversely affecting a student's development of critical thinking skills.

I love sharing with my students my love for reading and books. Thus, I need to continually update my classroom library with titles that are interesting and appealing for my students. I want my students to know that reading is fun and that they too can enjoy it!

Helping me update my classroom library will enable my students to access books that will grab their attention and make them life-long readers! Together we can better prepare our kids for a better future and a better world.

Mrs. Patino
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
It Happened to Nancy: A True Story from the Diary of a Teenager Beatrice Sparks, Foreword by Dathan Sheranian • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Smack Melvin Burgess • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Go Ask Alice Book of Answers: A Guide to Good Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Health Columbia University's Health Education Program, Columbia University Health Education Pro, Steinhart (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
Crosses Shelley Stoehr • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
The Tracey Fragments Maureen Medved • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
A Child Called It Dave Pelzer • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1) Cassandra Clare • Barnes and Noble $11.69 1 $11.69
A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness Dave Pelzer • Barnes and Noble $10.40 1 $10.40
Hoops Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Sunrise over Fallujah Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
145th Street: Short Stories Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Twilight Saga Collection Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $53.95 1 $53.95
The Last Lecture Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow • Barnes and Noble $14.26 1 $14.26
The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club Series #8) James Patterson, Maxine Paetro • Barnes and Noble $18.19 1 $18.19
Angels and Demons Dan Brown • Barnes and Noble $10.40 1 $10.40
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith • Barnes and Noble $10.36 1 $10.36
Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Beacon Street Girls Series #1) Annie Bryant • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Healing the Addicted Brain Harold C. Urschel • Barnes and Noble $10.39 1 $10.39
Go Ask Alice Anonymous • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Messenger Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Skin I'm In Sharon Flake, Tk (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Money Hungry Sharon Flake, Tk (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Bang! Sharon Flake, Colin Bootman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Gathering Blue Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul on Tough Stuff: Stories of Tough Times and Lessons Learned(Chicken Soup for the Soul Series) Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Journal Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96

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