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Mr. Kiesel
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 9 donors
  • $0 still needed

They Read the Covers Off: Help Replace Our Favorite Books

My students need a classroom library with covers intact, pages complete, and spines unbroken!

My Students

My students are an amazing and diverse group from Oakland, CA. While they come from a wide range of backgrounds, they are united in their dedication to achievement. Families and friends from El Salvador, China, Guatemala, Mexico, Tonga, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Yemen come together to support our vibrant community.

This is the most motivated, and highest performing group of students I've taught to date, but there are challenges.

With over 90% of our school qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches, resources are tight. My students don't necessarily have books or internet access at home.

My Project

I've seen a single copy of Harry Potter pass from one student to another to another. I've had a dozen students write responses and reflections on the same book by Judy Bloom or Jerry Spinelli. At some point the books just give out. Pages begin falling out. Covers get lost. With your help we will be able to recharge and restart our classroom library. Restock the shelves with some old favorites and new classics. We will be able to take these new books and introduce a whole new school year to wonderful, high quality adventures with reading.

Your donation will have a direct impact on the students in this class, this year, and will continue to enrich the lives of students as long as the glue keeps the books together.

And, in the far future, when the new books finally give up the ghost, they will get sent home to live with their most loving reader. Thank you.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Complete Wreck (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-13) • Amazon Business $100.50 1 $100.50
Dork Diaries Squee-tastic Collection Books 1-10 Plus 3 1/2: Dork Diaries 1; Dork Diaries 2; Dork Diaries 3; Dork Diaries 3 1/2; Dork Diaries 4; Dork ... Diaries 8; Dork Diaries 9; Dork Diaries 10 • Amazon Business $92.45 1 $92.45
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28 • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
Roald Dahl 5-Book HC Box Set - Charlie/Chocolate Factory, Charlie/Great Glass Elevator, Danny Champion of the World, James/Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox • Amazon Business $47.28 1 $47.28
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12) • Amazon Business $33.55 1 $33.55
I Survived Collector's Toolbox (I Survived) • Amazon Business $30.49 1 $30.49
Chronicles of Narnia Box Set • Amazon Business $29.81 1 $29.81
The Heroes of Olympus Paperback Boxed Set • Amazon Business $27.81 1 $27.81
The Judy Moody Uber-Awesome Collection: Books 1-9 • Amazon Business $27.12 1 $27.12
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the • Amazon Business $21.40 1 $21.40
The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers • Amazon Business $20.18 1 $20.18
Learn to Play Go: A Master's Guide to the Ultimate Game (Volume I) (Learn to Play Go Series) • Amazon Business $16.31 1 $16.31
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Box Set: Books 1-4 • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
E. B. White Box Set • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father [4 Book Box set] • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) • Amazon Business $11.18 1 $11.18
Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps HorrorLand, No. 1) • Amazon Business $4.97 2 $9.94
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Weirdo Halloween (Goosebumps Horrorland #16) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Goosebumps HorrorLand #5: Dr. Maniac vs. Robby Schwartz • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
When the Ghost Dog Howls (Goosebumps HorrorLand #13) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Who's Your Mummy? (Goosebumps Horrorland, No. 6) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Goosebumps HorrorLand #4: The Scream of the Haunted Mask • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Little Shop of Hamsters (Goosebumps, Horror Land #14) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
It Came From Ohio!: My Life As a Writer • Amazon Business $5.70 1 $5.70
Heads, You Lose! (Goosebumps HorrorLand #15) • Amazon Business $5.32 1 $5.32
Monster Blood for Breakfast! (Goosebumps HorrorLand, No. 3) • Amazon Business $5.28 1 $5.28
Nate the Great • Amazon Business $3.57 1 $3.57

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This project will reach 25 students.

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