Send Books!

Here’s another lazy TFA’er looking for a handout via Facebook!   Still, help this guy get some books for his school:

I am writing to ask you to donate books because I have gone from teaching English to about 87 eighth graders last year to having a total of 198 7th and 8th graders this year. That means that I have an average of just under 40 students in each of my five periods. Given this reality, I know that I am going to need far more books than I currently have in order to cultivate a culture of reading within my classroom and a love of books within my students. I won’t go into details about my students’ reading levels, but suffice it to say that there are many among them who need a lot of help in order get to the point where they are reading on grade level. Having a wide variety of engaging, reading-level appropriate books at their immediate disposal would be an invaluable tool in raising their levels of literacy and igniting within them a passion for reading. Literacy is freedom, and I know that any book that you might be able to give would have an impact on my students’ development.

7 Replies to “Send Books!”

  1. If you call scholastic books they will be able to help you. Every year my class works with scholastic books and we read 100 hundred books to help other districts who can not afford books get free books. You should really look into that because I know scholastic is always willing to help those in need.

  2. It is great to know you are soliciting book for your students to read. I believe an exceptional teacher goes through an length to ensure his or her students are being educated. Continue to do your best for your kids.

  3. Thanks to all for the great advice and the kind comments. I am definitely going to look into Scholastic as a means of getting great books into my classroom for cheap.

    And to the anonymous ’03 corps member who sent a generous donation via thank you thank you thank you.


    P.S. I am lazy more often than I care to admit, and my request is indeed a shameless appeal for a handout, so while I believe that the first line was sarcastic, it also happens to be the truth!

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