Textbooks for my Oakland Kids

$2,875 of $2,450 goal

Raised by 33 people in 31 months
I was born in Oakland and grew up in the same low-income neighborhood many of my students live in. I feel an inexplicable sense of pride and loyalty to the city that raised me, so I came back to Oakland as a teacher last year. The struggle was REAL, and now that I have a better understanding of what my students and I need to run a high-functioning classroom, I'm determined to give my kids the BEST I possibly can. They are precious, unique, and very dear to my heart. They deserve good quality textbooks and a good quality education, regardless of their backgrounds or where they come from. Any help at all is very much appreciated! I'm hoping to get these textbooks for them before the school year starts in mid-
August!

Textbook Details: 
I'm trying to buy 30 TCI "History Alive" textbooks to supplement my lessons. My best and most memorable lessons from last year utilized these specific books, but I only had one copy (given to me by another teacher), so I ended up making tons of photocopies of each chapter (which used up reems and reems of paper and took up hours of my time each week since our copiers broke down so often). The current ones provided by the district are fine (Holt) and I use them also, but I felt like my lessons were truly more engaging and effective when paired with the TCI History Alive textbooks (it may just be my teaching style since I really like doing project-based learning, and these books align with my more creative strategies. It also aligns with ELA common core standards that engage the students in argumentative essay writing). Since our school does not follow a specific curriculum for History, I'm basing my lessons on the state standards and veteran teachers who have been sharing their wisdom with me. I asked the principal about the textbooks, and he said it was fine if I personally fundraised for them since our school budget is really tight this year (we lost certain sources of funding because of factors that were outside of the school's control, and many cuts had to be made). Textbooks requested by a second-year teacher aren't too high on the priority list, which is definitely understandable; that's why I'm doing anything I can in my power to still make it happen for my students :) Seems a little silly considering how expensive textbooks are, but I believe it's worth a shot.

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Hello everyone! I am less than $400 away from being able to order the textbooks! You are all so amazing! School starts in 6 days, and thankfully, I won't need the books until about two weeks into the year, but I really hope to order them before the first day.
I've also started buying supplies for my classroom, and that is getting expensive as well. I've gotten all the basic supplies, but I've listed below some "wishful thinking" materials that were too expensive for me to buy on my personal budget. If you were all willing to help me buy these classroom supplies also, it would just make my class that much more awesome. Thank you so much! (I've updated the goal amount, but as far as textbooks go, I'm only $400 away! :)

Lakeshore Learning Materials:
- FG362 - File Folder Pocket Chart• $14.99
- WT108 - Write & Wipe World Wall Map • $27.50
- WT109 - Write & Wipe U.S.A. Wall Map • $27.50
- FF359 - The Writing Process Student Folder - Set of 30 • $60.00
- DD728 - Developing Writing Skills Magnetic Teaching Charts • $24.99
- PP539 - Giant Magnetic Lined Page • $27.99
- DD105 - Black Write & Wipe Markers - Thin-Line - Set of 4 • $3.19

Kaplan Early Learning Company:
- Paint Drying Rack • $76.46

Quill.com:
- Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2 x 11", Letter Size, Yellow • $8.92
- Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2 x 11", Letter Size, Blue • $8.92
- Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2x11", Letter Size, Green • $8.92
- Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2x11", Letter Size, Pink • $8.92
- Quill Brand Brights 20-lb. Color Paper Green • $12.06
- Quill Brand Colored Paper 8-1/2x11", Letter Size, Goldenrod • $8.92
- Quill Brand Brights 20-lb. Color Paper Blue • $12.06
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UPDATE: First, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of compassion and love from everyone who has supported this fundraiser so far. From the bottom of my heart, I am so humbled and grateful for each of you.
Just to let you know, I just found out about the GoFundMe fee (7.9% and other costs) and also the actual shipping cost for the books, so I updated the total campaign goal to reflect those fees.
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Brian Thomas
31 months ago
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Hello! My name is Brian Thomas. I am a National Account Manager with TCI. We are thrilled to see that you are raising funds to use our programs. Could you email me at your earliest convenience? bthomas@teachtci.com :)

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Raised by 33 people in 31 months
Created July 30, 2015
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Lexi Rhorer
30 months ago

You shouldn't have to spend a dime of your own money so hopefully you raise enough to reimburse yourself for any of your money spent to supply your classroom and kids. Great job. I'm in awe!!

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Sarah & Kai Drekmeier
30 months ago

Thank you!

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Karen Black
30 months ago

Happy to support another awesome Claremont teacher!

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Sarah Earl-Novell
30 months ago

Thank you!!

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Amy Golden
30 months ago

Thanks!

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Susie Pers
30 months ago

Thank you for all you do!

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Brian Thomas
31 months ago
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Hello! My name is Brian Thomas. I am a National Account Manager with TCI. We are thrilled to see that you are raising funds to use our programs. Could you email me at your earliest convenience? bthomas@teachtci.com :)

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