Hello! I am Vanessa Castro. I teach 7th grade Language Arts at Quincy Middle school. Many of my students struggle to read, to find a genre they like, and to understand the importance of literacy. This GoFundMe is to raise money to buy books for my classroom library to encourage literacy. Currently, I only have about 20 random books I have gotten through donations. Most are picture books. Students have asked me if I could get books they like for my class because our library doesn't have what they want. Our library is small, and not many titles are offered except for the classics. It has been difficult to find popular novels online for reasonable prices under $18. I finally found a site--First Book Marketplace--where I could buy books for lower prices. I have chosen about 100 titles so far. The current amount comes to $733. I plan to use all the proceeds to fill my library and share the love of reading with my students.