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Mr. Kling from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Want to Read! We Need Access to Books!

Help me give my students access to a culturally relevant and rigorous library.

  • $1,793 goal

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My Students

"Culture shock!" What an understatement when it came to the eye opening experience of my first year teaching in New Orleans, Louisiana after moving from Los Angeles, California and teaching for two years in rural Alabama. I realized that many things I had taken for granted in my own educational journey were things that were almost non-existent to many of my students.

The disadvantages my students have inherited do not make them any less capable, however the resources they're allotted do.

There are many resources I had available when I was a student that my students do not have the luxury of having. My English classroom is a place of challenge and discovery. My students overcome obstacles on a daily basis, both in their personal and their academic lives. The zip code they live in should not determine the type of education they receive. However, unfortunately, at this time it does have an affect. That being said, their struggle is a story of triumph.

In my classroom sit future politicians, doctors, lawyers, professional athletes, educators, and scientists who will have risen from the epitome of humble beginnings -- if -- you help us out.

My Project

These books will give my scholars access to the knowledge that they deserve! My classroom library is a place that my students really enjoy, and we take independent reading time very seriously! All of these books have been chosen with my students in mind.

With these new books, my students will have access to rich, culturally relevant text which will lead to overall academic growth during independent reading.

With a bigger selection of books, they will also be able to choose something that interests them. The best way to increase reading ability and literacy is to read more, and these books will continue to help my students grow.

I have chosen these books because they have direct connections to the standards I teach in class, and they will help us reach our end-of-year goals in passing end-of-course exams. Many of these books are also great resources that can help my students with their end-of-year capstone projects.

According to a prominent education analytic program, "Only students who read 15 minutes or more a day saw accelerated reading gains—that is, gains higher than the national average—and students who read just over a half-hour to an hour per day saw the greatest gains of all."

Having access to these books and this literature in my classroom library allows my students the access they need and deserve to make leaps and bounds in their reading literacy and will also help grow their language economy.

Mr. Kling
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Berkley Street Series Books 1 - 9 • Amazon Business $59.99 2 $119.98
Moving In Books 1-6 • Amazon Business $59.99 2 $119.98
Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education (Multicultural Education Series) • Amazon Business $30.84 2 $61.68
Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice • Amazon Business $29.94 2 $59.88
We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation • Amazon Business $25.47 2 $50.94
Giovanni's Room (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) • Amazon Business $20.85 2 $41.70
Slam! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Point Signature) • Amazon Business $19.65 2 $39.30
Unfreedom of the Press • Amazon Business $17.98 2 $35.96
When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History • Amazon Business $17.57 2 $35.14
The Cost of Our Silence: Consequences of Christians Taking the Path of Least Resistance • Amazon Business $17.51 2 $35.02
Redefining Truth: Delusions of Replacing God and Calling Evil Good • Amazon Business $17.51 2 $35.02
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $8.63 4 $34.52
Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall • Amazon Business $17.10 2 $34.20
A Guide to Gender (2nd Edition): The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook • Amazon Business $16.10 2 $32.20
Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me (National Geographic-memoirs) • Amazon Business $15.95 2 $31.90
Where the Crawdads Sing • Amazon Business $15.60 2 $31.20
Queer: A Graphic History • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
Wonderfully and Purposely Made: I Am Enough: A Journal All About Me • Amazon Business $12.34 2 $24.68
The Ways of White Folks: Stories (Vintage Classics) • Amazon Business $12.00 2 $24.00
The Stonewall Reader • Amazon Business $11.78 2 $23.56
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series) • Amazon Business $11.55 2 $23.10
Woke: A Guide to Social Justice • Amazon Business $11.55 2 $23.10
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March • Amazon Business $11.37 2 $22.74
Born Confused • Amazon Business $11.14 2 $22.28
Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America • Amazon Business $11.07 2 $22.14
A Single Shard (Newbery Medal Book) • Amazon Business $11.00 2 $22.00
The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.87 2 $21.74
What’s inside the mind of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?: From totally anonymous and really unreliable sources. • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
What’s inside the mind of Donald Trump?: Volume I • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
What's Inside the Mind of Kamala Harris: From totally anonymous and really unreliable sources • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • Amazon Business $9.98 2 $19.96
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems • Amazon Business $9.93 2 $19.86
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali (Scholastic Focus) • Amazon Business $8.87 2 $17.74
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina • Amazon Business $8.78 2 $17.56
Counting by 7s • Amazon Business $8.43 2 $16.86
Jump into the Sky • Amazon Business $8.28 2 $16.56
Before We Were Free • Amazon Business $8.17 2 $16.34
A Girl Named Disaster • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories • Amazon Business $7.70 2 $15.40
The House on Mango Street • Amazon Business $7.69 2 $15.38
Crow • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Finding My Hat (First Person Fiction) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
A Guide for Using A Single Shard in the Classroom (Literature Unit) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Monster • Amazon Business $3.60 2 $7.20
Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $3.52 2 $7.04
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan: A Study Guide (Volume 48) • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00

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