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  • $492 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Gerke
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

Wanted: Remarkable Reads

My students need a classroom library stocked with books that will speak to them on their level about issues that will interest them and expand their minds. The 44 titles include "Flowers in the Attic," the Drama High stories, and "The Fault in Our Stars."

My Students

When the school year started, I feared that I might have classrooms full of reluctant readers. As it turns out, my students are going through books like crazy!

Unfortunately, my students have very limited access to our school library because it is often closed.

They sometimes have to share books and, therefore, cannot take them home. Often, my students have limited or no access to a public library. Our classroom library is currently limited to a few sparsely-populated shelves. This is not a new reality for my students; our school is in a high-poverty area where resources are scarce and, statistically, high school students have a better chance of dropping out than of graduating. My students attend an alternative school where such rates are even higher. By the time they reach high school, most of my students are literally years behind their higher-income peers in terms of reading and writing ability. Most of my students are extremely frustrated with school. Many see little or no value in a high school diploma. Still, when presented with highly-engaging material, my students take full advantage of the opportunity to learn.

My Project

A classroom library full of interesting and accessible material can change my students' lives. When they have books that they can connect with and relate to, my students enjoy reading. Once they have realized that reading can be fun - not boring - they are willing to branch out and choose more challenging titles about a wider range of subjects. With a diverse, well-stocked classroom library, my students will be able to build a lifelong love of reading, which will enable them to do many things, including: 1) improve their overall reading levels, thus performing better on standardized tests like the ACT and on coursework in high school, college, and beyond, 2) gain insight into other cultures, ways of living, ideas, and beliefs, thus learning empathy, and 3) gain confidence in themselves and their academic abilities.

For many of my students, my classroom is the last stop before graduating high school and entering "the real world." For some, this could be one last chance to learn essential reading skills for college or the workforce.

For others, gaining confidence in their abilities as readers and students could be the difference between earning a high school diploma or dropping out. Those of us who love to read understand how much difference one book can make. This is my students' chance to find that book.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon $14.49 1 $14.49
Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case • Amazon $13.67 1 $13.67
Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa • Amazon $12.30 1 $12.30
The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream • Amazon $12.09 1 $12.09
The Rose that Grew from Concrete • Amazon $12.09 1 $12.09
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Penguin Modern Classics) • Amazon $11.78 1 $11.78
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon $11.49 1 $11.49
True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall • Amazon $11.49 1 $11.49
Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story • Amazon $11.48 1 $11.48
A Separate Peace • Amazon $10.76 1 $10.76
Remember Me • Amazon $10.37 1 $10.37
Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) • Amazon $10.28 1 $10.28
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon $9.24 1 $9.24
New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) • Amazon $8.79 1 $8.79
Drama High: Keep It Movin' • Amazon $8.78 1 $8.78
Drama High: Street Soldiers (Volume 15) • Amazon $8.65 1 $8.65
Go Ask Alice • Amazon $8.48 1 $8.48
The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles • Amazon $8.48 1 $8.48
The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir • Amazon $8.48 1 $8.48
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous • Amazon $8.48 1 $8.48
A Northern Light • Amazon $8.48 1 $8.48
Drama High: Pushin' • Amazon $8.46 1 $8.46
Drama High: So, So Hood • Amazon $8.46 1 $8.46
Lady J (Drama High) • Amazon $8.41 1 $8.41
Heaven • Amazon $8.09 1 $8.09
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
The Graveyard Book • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Sold • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Tyrell • Amazon $7.35 1 $7.35
Just Listen • Amazon $7.35 1 $7.35
Anna Dressed in Blood • Amazon $7.20 1 $7.20
The Skin I'm In • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
November Blues (Jericho Trilogy, The) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Hoops • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, Book 1) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Sweet, Hereafter (The Heaven Trilogy) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • Amazon $6.59 1 $6.59
Somewhere In The Darkness • Amazon $6.53 1 $6.53
The Battle of Jericho (Jericho Trilogy, The) • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Life in Prison • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
Just Another Hero (Jericho Trilogy, The) • Amazon $6.29 1 $6.29
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
Looking for Red • Amazon $5.39 1 $5.39
The Giver (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)) • Amazon $4.19 1 $4.19

Materials cost

$382.34

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.74

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$418.08

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$73.78

Total project goal

$491.86

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$491.86

7 Donors

-$441.86

Donations toward project cost

-$375.58

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$66.28

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

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