Program Name
Believing in Books

Program Description

Believing in Books:

Time and again, studies reveal that the strongest way to improve reading is by encouraging independent reading at home.  This year, it has been my 6th and 7th grade ESL students' goal to read over 15 books.  However, they desperately need a larger selection and variety to choose from; my classroom library is limited and the library's popular books are always checked out.  These funds would allow me to bring in over 75 books that will inspire and excite my students about reading. This list includes titles such as 39 Clues, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Twilight, Hunger Games, Tomorrow Girls, Dork Diaries, Harry Potter, Goosebumps, etc. These books are on or above the students' current reading levels and are perfect for independent reading.

Over the last 4 months, these students have made amazing growth in reading.  Most students came into the year at very low reading levels and were reluctant readers.  The only time I have ever seen many of them excited about reading was the day I brought in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."  Since that day, I have tried to constantly bring in new and exciting books for them to read.  As the selection has grown, I have seen in amazement how many of them are truly taking to reading.  Since August, my 7th graders have grown an average of 1 full year in reading.  Unfortunately, I simply cannot afford to bring in all of the books I know they would enjoy.  Likewise, many of the parents, who are so passionate about their children's education, often cannot provide the books either.

As a part of a "reading awareness project," many students created lists of books they would want to read.  It was an amazing moment when "Luis," a student who had written at the beginning of the year that he hated reading, came to me after class to beg me if I could try to bring in a "Goosebumps" book he had seen online.  I know many of my students want to read, when we provide them with books that excite them.  The best way I can help my students is by fueling a love and confidence in their reading.  I believe that starts by simply providing more books for them that they want to read. 

Type of Program
TFA Region
Fundraising Goal
Cochrane Collegiate Academy
Grade Level
Middle School
Number of Students
21 - 40