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Mrs. Ocampo from San Antonio TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Struggle Is Real Part 2

Help me give my students an award-winning nonfiction book about how two lives changed in a blink of an eye.

  • $336 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I am an eleven year veteran teacher at a Title I school in an older part of the town that I live in. My students are hardworking and driven. However, we often times lack up-to-date resources that are thought-provoking and intriguing. Most of these students will be the first in their families to go to college or into the military. Several actually want to move away from home in order to see what else is out there for them.

The school is ninety-nine percent Hispanic and they come from low socioeconomic households.

We are in a military-rich town and community, and my students get to experience some of their family members joining one of the armed forces as opposed to going to college. My students and I work together to see the world through different lenses and not just within a few square miles of where our school is located. I prepare my students for college, technical jobs, the military, and, overall, the real world.

My Project

Student readers need to be able to relate to the texts they read in class and this firsthand account by author Dashka Slater brings to life the story of how two lives intersect and in a matter of minutes, both lives are changed forever by crime. My students have real fears and challenges that tend not to be discussed in the classroom; however, they are not alone.

Books can bring a voice to my students' lives that they tend to keep hidden and away from the classroom.

Autobiographical texts bring more than just one person's experiences to the surface. There is so much more to be learned for both students and the teachers who choose the texts to bring into the classroom.

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

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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 20 $251.80

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