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Mr. Reconco from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We the Animals

Help me give my students a class set of books that will change their lives.

  • $492 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are amazing people. Really. They are full of that teenage life that scares and confuses adults. They do, however, struggle, like all teenagers, with their identities and with their hormones. They also struggle with poverty and the problems that poverty creates for students: lack of parental engagement (because of some of their parents working two jobs), lack of academic modeling (they're usually the first person in their family to attend high school in this country), lack of resources (computers, tutors, books), and, a lot of the time, a lack of motivation.

Our school is a fully-public, non-audition performing arts school serving Koreatown's Kennedy Zone of Choice.

Our focus on coordinated thematic units and project-based learning helps our students to incorporate the various intelligences and knowledge from each of their classes and to recognize and build connections in their studies and their lives.

My Project

"I don't like to read" is something I hear on a regular basis. I want to change this. I want to change this forever. Justin Torres is a gifted author and "We the Animals" is a powerful book, a book that tells a story of family dysfunction, of trapped personal identities, of coming of age in a world that is unfriendly and unkind. This is the story of many of my students. In this novel they will see themselves and in that vision they will learn to love to read again.

A book like "We the Animals" must be part of any teacher's canon, any teacher who values the complexity of the lives that live inside of his or her classroom.

Mr. Reconco
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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We the Animals • AKJ Education $11.67 30 $350.10

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