Help supply books to low-income students
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My cause is essentially this: I am trying to raise money to buy new books for my students. My goal is to more effectively reach at-risk youth through interesting and relevant literature. More ...

Friends and Family, 

My cause is essentially this: I am trying to raise money to buy new books for my students. My ultimate goal is to more effectively reach at-risk youth through interesting and relevant literature.

Many of you already know that I teach Reading and Writing to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in a low-income school in a particularly rough neighborhood of Chicago. My students are struggling readers from struggling families in a neighborhood that is struggling with violence and poverty. Meanwhile I am struggling to inspire my students, and to give them the skills necessary to rise above heavy limitations. I strongly believe that one of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to build strong readers. I want my students to find heroes and hope in literature, and I want them to develop their skills and strategies by reading something they enjoy. I want them to read new, good books.  

This is where I am running into a challenge. I don't have the resources to accomplish this goal well. The school does not have a functioning library nor the funds to create one. This year, with a couple of old bookshelves I found in the basement, I started my own "mini" classroom library. I scavenged through the old books the school has. I went to thrift stores and used-books stores and bought a couple stacks of newer young adult books. My parents graciously donated some money as a Christmas gift, and I added several to the collection then too. However, even after all this, the result is mediocre at best. I now have two shelves filled with books. The kids were really excited about it, and loved borrowing the books. But the students have already made their way through all the new ones I brought in, and the old ones are falling apart and missing pages. They keep requesting more books, and I wish I could provide them. I have dreams of a re-vamped classroom library for next year. 

I want to expose my students to the fantastic world of young adult literature that is available. They should read the Harry Potter books, the Hunger Games books, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. They should read Wonder, and The Fault in Our Stars. They are such great books. Students need to be exposed to different genres, to have new options, new authors.  They need graphic novels, and they need poetry. These kids need exposure to great books. 

The bottom line then is they need more books!

The problem is - there is no money for that. 

I have seen a few people raise money for a cause through this website and it occurred to me that maybe I could reach out and ask for a little help. My mission here is to flood these kids with great and exciting literature; to spark in them a love for reading. I can't accomplish this goal on my own, but "many hands make light work."  A couple dollars from enough people could make this possible! Will you help me?   

Help me to get these kids reading!

Thank you so much! 


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