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Ms. Smith from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Want to Read Baby, Read!

My students need a library full of engaging books, such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the Alex Rider Series, and the Bone Series.

  • $539 goal

This project expired on January 17, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students present two distinct but equally important challenges: unengaged readers whose interest hasn't been sparked AND readers that have read every book in our library. My students need BOOKS to begin or continue their journey as life-long readers. Help us READ!

My students attend a public charter school in the center of Washington, D.C.

Our school is grounded in the following principles: Integrity - We accept nothing less than the best. We maintain high expectations for our entire school community. We cultivate an ethic of service, responsibility, participation and respect. Determination - We never give up. We are relentless in the pursuit of our mission to ensure the success of every student. Achievement - We get results. We hold ourselves and our students accountable to the highest levels of academic achievement. My students are incredibly diverse: 54% of our students are African-American; 25% Latino; 18% Caucasian; and 3% Asian. In addition, 21% speak more than one language at home, mainly Spanish and over 65% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Most of the students live at or below the poverty line and have very few, if no books at home.

My Project

An integral part of our reading curriculum are the books that our students use during independent practice. Each day, we are working to foster a love of reading and the only way to do that, is to have books that meet the needs and interests of our students. This year we added 50 new students to our grade and our library is desperately trying to meet the demands of both our eager and reluctant readers, but it needs some sprucing up! The addition of these new books could change my students' lives in one of two ways: inspire them to pick up a book a read or help them to reach our class goal of reading on grade level by the end of the year. My students will be able to have a choice when shopping for books in our library and this will increase their reading stamina and overall reading ability.

This donation will make all the difference to our classroom.

The main predictor of reading success rests on the amount of books, words, and pages with which a student comes into contact, so books are critical. If my students cannot find an interesting book, then, I have little to teach. However, it only takes one book to ignite a passion. And as Dr. Seuss wrote, "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go," which is the ultimate goal.

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

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This project will reach 90 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
After Tupac and D Foster • AKJ Books $6.23 2 $12.46
Behind You • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider Series #8) Anthony Horowitz • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Crocodile Tears • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Eagle Strike (Alex Rider Series #4) Anthony Horowitz • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Eagle Strike • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Between Madison and Palmetto • AKJ Books $4.67 2 $9.34
Alex Rider: The Gadgets • AKJ Books $12.47 1 $12.47
Ark Angel • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Point Blank • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Un renacuajo (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Ser • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books Jeff Kinney • AKJ Books $43.68 1 $43.68
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth • AKJ Books $10.88 2 $21.76
The Haunted Mask (Goosebumps Series) R. L. Stine • AKJ Books $4.67 2 $9.34
Bone #1: Out from Boneville Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illus • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #3: Eyes of the Storm, Vol. 3 Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (I • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #4: The Dragonslayer Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrato • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border Jeff Smith, • AKJ Books $8.57 1 $8.57
Bone #6: Old Man''s Cave Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illustrat • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #7: Ghost Circles Jeff Smith, Steve Hamaker (Illustrato • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Bone #9: Crown of Horns Jeff Smith • AKJ Books $17.93 1 $17.93
Rose: Bone Prequel (Bone Series) Jeff Smith, Charles Vess (I • AKJ Books $8.57 1 $8.57
Fright Knight and The Ooze: Twice Terrifying Tales R. L. Sti • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Slappy New Year! • AKJ Books $4.67 2 $9.34
My Pants Are Haunted! (Dear Dumb Diary Series #2) Jim Benton • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire • AKJ Books $10.13 1 $10.13
On Earth (Andrew Lost) • AKJ Books $3.11 1 $3.11
Andy Shane and the Queen of Egypt Abby Carter • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Amber Brown • AKJ Books $27.94 1 $27.94
Amber Brown Goes Fourth • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Amber Brown Is Not A Crayon • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89
Baseball Crazy: Ten Stories That Cover All the Bases Nancy M • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Great Moments in Basketball History Matt Christopher • AKJ Books $3.89 1 $3.89

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