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Ms. Chung from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Great Books to Make Us Smart!

My students need a class set of award winning books "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," "Number the Stars," "Julie of the Wolves," and "Shiloh."

  • $516 goal

This project expired on January 17, 2011.

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My Students

It is through literature that we open our eyes to other worlds. My students are ravenous for new places, faces, and things. They want to know more about the world, in fact, EVERYTHING about the world! With class sets of great novels, they can travel through time & space without limitations.

I teach sixth grade literature in the poorest Congressional district in the country, in a school with some of the most heartbreaking inspiring children in the world.

Nearly 94% of my students qualify for free lunch and all of them are in need of as much extra support and help as they can get. My students are diverse in background and complex in mind and spirit. They believe deeply in friendship, brotherhood, fairness, and heart. They have personally experienced how difficult life can be. The texts that I have chosen to create this classroom library embody their many different interests, hopes, and fears. These are novels that my students will believe in and see themselves within the characters. These are novels that will allow my students to escape from the barren coldness of the real world into an imaginary world of magic.

My Project

My students need a classroom library of books that ignites their imaginations and sparks their love of reading. My school does not have the funding needed to update classroom libraries. The books that we currently have are falling apart and antiquated. There is not enough variety to really encompass the many reading levels of my students - many of my students find themselves either reading a book too hard or a book too easy. Even worse, many of my students often struggle with relating to the characters in these novels and become extremely frustrated with the language. I want my students to be able to fall in love with reading - to actually be so involved in a book during independent reading time that they cannot put it down when it's time to start instruction. I want my students to beg for more time to read because they want to know what will happen next in their books so badly.

With your generous donations, you will be able to inflame my students with a love of reading and, most importantly, a love of books.

Technology is on the verge of driving books into extinction and it has become even more essential for us to remind kids how wonderful it is to hold a book in your hands and to treat it as a dear friend. I have no doubt that your small gift to our classroom will be the catalyst to many life-changing experiences in both the real and imaginary world.

Ms. Chung
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas John Boyne • Barnes and Noble $7.68 18 $138.24
Number the Stars Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $5.97 10 $59.70
Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 18 $92.16
Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Barry Moser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 18 $107.46

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