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

The Right Book Can Unleash a World Unknown! Help Me Find It

My students need high interest, low level reading books for struggling readers as well as higher level reads such as The Divergent Series for my fluent readers.

  • $1,005 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read." —Mark Twain. Students encounter, decipher and discuss quotes like this in my reading classes. Simply stating that reading is important does little for a teen who does not like reading; they need to be shown why it is critical.

Students in my Reading Enrichment classes are all struggling readers and read years below their grade level.

Many have experienced or are experiencing life struggles at the age of 16, 17 and 18 that even most adults would not be able to cope with. Nonetheless, my students show up because they are resilient, strong, problem solvers, dreamers and most importantly hopeful about their future. They come looking to prove others wrong about their abilities, talents and capacity to be better individuals. Research has shown and through personal experience we know that being functionally illiterate is a pipeline to prison, welfare and a life of struggle. Our mission is to help students understand why the stakes are high, explain and show students the many reasons why reading is critical and execute literacy initiatives to not only increase students' skills in literacy but instill a life-long love for reading.

My Project

This is why we have programs like Sustained Silent Reading as part of our everyday schedule where all students and staff engage in silent reading for 35 minutes. This is why we have Reading Enrichment classes to help build the skill level of those students who are behind. However, this is not enough. We need resources. One of the ways students will increase their ability to be fluent readers is by providing books that they are interested in and can read and understand with little difficulty. In my class, students' reading levels range anywhere from 3rd to 8th grade. With these books, students will be able to increase their fluency, engage in literature circles and complete a project of their choice at the completion of every book read. Instilling life-long readers is the goal beyond high school. These resources can help students see that reading can be engaging; that it does open up the mind to thoughts and places they may never otherwise be exposed to.

The donations for these books will not only improve my capacity to help students improve their reading skills but it can ultimately build a student's love for reading.

It can drive a student to continue reading after school or continue reading even after time is called because they are engrossed in the words. We have seen students complain about reading when they receive their first book and months later, recommend a book to a peer as they are on their fourth book. All it takes is the right book!

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Ms. Camacho
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
8 Ball Chicks • Amazon $11.53 5 $57.65
Bluford Series 20-Book Boxed Set (Books 1-20) • Amazon $57.49 1 $57.49
Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen • Amazon $12.73 4 $50.92
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass; City of Fallen Angels; City of Lost Souls • Amazon $41.35 1 $41.35
A Piece of Cake: A Memoir • Amazon $11.93 3 $35.79
Unchained (Gravel Road) • Amazon $9.95 3 $29.85
Self. Destructed. (Gravel Road) • Amazon $9.95 3 $29.85
2 Days (Gravel Road) • Amazon $9.95 3 $29.85
Edge of Ready (Gravel Road) • Amazon $9.95 3 $29.85
George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons • Amazon $29.81 1 $29.81
Bi-Normal (Gravel Road) • Amazon $9.09 3 $27.27
The Maze Runner Series (Maze Runner) • Amazon $26.28 1 $26.28
It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing • Amazon $13.09 2 $26.18
Apartment 4a Sample Set (1 Each of 3) • Amazon $24.16 1 $24.16
The Wave (Laurel-Leaf contemporary fiction) • Amazon $6.99 3 $20.97
Give a Boy a Gun • Amazon $6.99 3 $20.97
Divergent (Divergent Series) • Amazon $10.39 2 $20.78
The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family • Amazon $9.97 2 $19.94
Otherwise (Gravel Road) • Amazon $9.95 2 $19.90
Falling Out of Place (Gravel Road) • Amazon $9.95 2 $19.90
Perfect Chemistry (A Perfect Chemistry Novel) • Amazon $9.63 2 $19.26
The Coldest Winter Ever • Amazon $6.00 3 $18.00
Boot Camp • Amazon $7.99 2 $15.98
Til My Casket Drops • Amazon $15.00 1 $15.00
Raven • Amazon $7.45 2 $14.90
A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story • Amazon $14.17 1 $14.17
Allegiant (Divergent Series) • Amazon $13.99 1 $13.99
Insurgent (Divergent Series) • Amazon $10.68 1 $10.68
Game • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99
Cracked • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99
Chain Reaction: A Perfect Chemistry Novel • Amazon $9.18 1 $9.18
The Truth: Book 3 (Coming Home) • Amazon $8.95 1 $8.95
Coming Home: Book 1 • Amazon $8.95 1 $8.95
The Battle of Jericho (The Jericho Trilogy) • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
Just Another Hero (The Jericho Trilogy) • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
November Blues (The Jericho Trilogy) • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99

Materials cost

$811.77

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.18

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$853.95

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$150.70

Total project goal

$1,004.65

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,004.65

2 Donors

-$1,004.65

Donations toward project cost

-$853.95

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$150.70

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$0.00

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