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Ms. Hechlik from Lincoln MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Updating An Up North Library

My students need new, high-interest, young adult books for a classroom library.

  • $612 goal

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My Students

I teach in an extremely rural high school in northern Michigan. Our county only has one public school district with about six hundred students in grades 6-12. Some students travel forty-five miles or more to attend school each day. The average family income is around forty thousand per year. Obviously, our county is very poor and many of our students receive free or reduced price lunch.

Many of my students have never been to the small, local library.

They have been raised in homes with parents who have not graduated with a college degree. Because of all this, my students haven't had access to current, engaging and teen-friendly reads.

Additionally, the library at the high school has been eliminated. Many of the books were thrown away or sold as the district couldn't pay for anyone to run the media center and many of the books that still do exist are outdated.

My hope is to create a more current classroom library to expose my students to high interest, young adult books from a variety of genres. As I am responsible for teaching English Language Arts for all students in grades 9-11, this library will serve many underprivileged teens in northern Michigan.

My Project

Reading is a daily occurrence in my classroom. I have worked hard to develop a classroom library to make books more available to my students, but I have to keep the selections updated.

Research shows that reading increases vocabulary and literacy skills.

One study (Anderson & Nagy, 1992) estimates that children learn an average of four thousand to twelve thousand, new, vocabulary words each year as a result of book reading. Also, the availability of books is a major motivating factor in getting teens to read. Students who are surrounded by books at school and at home read more.

Choice in reading material increases the amount of time spent reading, which in turn increases literacy skills. I have found that having a classroom library has dramatically increased the amount of reading my students do.

Ms. Hechlik
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Maze Runner Series (4-Book) • Amazon Business $21.93 1 $21.93
The 5th Wave Collection • Amazon Business $21.82 1 $21.82
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Boxed Set: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising • Amazon Business $19.54 1 $19.54
Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
The Pitcher • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $14.54 1 $14.54
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $14.33 1 $14.33
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Between the World and Me • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages • Amazon Business $11.36 1 $11.36
If I Was Your Girl • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Moxie: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
As You Wish • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Final Four • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Girl in Pieces • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Painting the Black • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Between Shades of Gray • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Girl, Interrupted • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Salt to the Sea • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
I Am the Messenger • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy • Amazon Business $8.71 1 $8.71
Warcross • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
The Perks of Being a Wallflower • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
The Beginning of Everything • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Tell Me Three Things • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.47 1 $7.47
Speak • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series • Amazon Business $7.07 1 $7.07
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.55 1 $6.55
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Flags of Our Fathers: A Young People's Edition • Amazon Business $4.75 1 $4.75
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • Amazon Business $4.58 1 $4.58
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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