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Mr. Taylor from Baltimore MD is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Radical Mission of Literacy

My students need basic supplies like pencils, paper, dictionaries, and more to improve their literacy skills in my classroom.

  • $535 goal

This project expired on November 22, 2014.

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My Students

My students are imaginative and willing to take risks in the classroom. They have a desire to learn, and come to school genuinely interested in what we read in my English Language Arts class on a daily basis. It is equally exciting and heartwarming to hear how passionate they are regarding the issues we read about.

As exciting and passionate my students can be, I have also seen the impact that not having the basic school supplies can have on a student's ability to perform.

My school does not have the funds to provide the materials included in this project to me or my students. They frequently ask for supplies as simple as a pencil and paper, which I am often happy to oblige in lieu of my school doing so. This previous year, however, those costs ran well beyond my usual purchases for the schools year. My students deserve to an equal education with their national peers. They see the value of education and hope to go to college some day, but we need your help now. My goal is that this project will provide for all of my students' basic academic needs for this entire school year.

My Project

With these materials in hand, I will be able to provide an education worthy of my students' intensity for my subject and the students will be able to participate without any unnecessary material restraint. Pencils, pens, erasers, and paper will represent the building blocks for us to practice our reading and writing skills as we practice vocabulary, grammar, and other reading comprehension activities. Additionally, I have asked for some other basic supplies that should further supplement and even extend the purpose of the materials already listed. Dictionaries, with enough for every pair of students in my classroom, will give students the ability to encounter knowledge and learn something incredibly new. The desire to know what a word actually means comes up a surprising amount in my class. The ink will help me print my own copies of worksheets, and the few organizational items will help manage the influx of new materials.

I titled this project "The Radical Mission of Literacy" and I'm not being flippant.

When a student has the resources to engage the world around him or her, they can achieve their best. Reading and writing are at the basis of my class, but they are not ends in and of themselves. Rather, they act as means for my students to face a 21st century world as complex as it can be startling. Rather than school reminding them where they're from, I want school to be a liberating experience. That is radical.

Mr. Taylor
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP 96/97 Ink Cartridge in Retail Packagings- Combo Pack • Amazon $56.99 2 $113.98
GP Spectrum Multi-Use Paper, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 3-Ream Pack (1500 Sheets) (998606) • Amazon $14.99 4 $59.96
Webster's American English Dictionary • Amazon $3.59 15 $53.85
Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Pencils, #2 HB, Yellow, Box of 96 (13882) • Amazon $15.02 3 $45.06
Mead Filler Paper, College Ruled, 200 Sheets (15326) • Amazon $4.00 10 $40.00
UNV24264 - Golf Pew Pencil 144/box • Amazon $8.40 3 $25.20
BIC Round Stic Ball Pen, Medium Point, 1.0 mm, Black, 60 Pens (GSM609-Blk) • Amazon $5.99 3 $17.97
Scholastic File Organizer Pocket Chart (TF5104) • Amazon $14.27 1 $14.27
Paper Mate 70521 Pink Pearl Premium Erasers, Large 12-Pack • Amazon $6.89 2 $13.78
Advantus Polypropylene Pencil Box with Lid, 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 Inches, Clear (AVT34104) • Amazon $2.75 4 $11.00

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