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Every Person in New York
Poll: Best Picture

THE MORNING LINE "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." — Ray Bradbury

Winter necessity: a well-stocked library of books. As we do once a semester or so, MUG is asking you to help get books into NYC classrooms. Today, we're highlighting four project requests.

We Love Books! Lifelong learners are cultivated through participation in engaging activities that promote curiosity and provide pathways to successful academic experiences. My students' minds are ready for the challenge of learning a new language and reading books that will allow them to grow exponentially!

My students are determined to excel, and work hard to strengthen both their English skills and their comprehension of grade level material. My students are super curious and love to learn. Many are new to the country and most are learning English as their second language. Our school is located in one of the five boroughs of New York City. Our families may struggle financially, but the students' enthusiasm and desire to acquire new knowledge makes that obstacle one we can easily tackle!
$204 needed>>

Help Make My Students Curious About British Literature! My 10th Grade British Literature class has spent the past few months reading some very challenging texts, including Shelley's Frankenstein and Shakespeare's Othello. As we head into the spring semester, I am hoping to find some more recent titles to help keep them interested. I want them to know that British Literature includes a wide variety of voices, from the canonical to the contemporary.

I think that Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an engaging and fascinating book that my students will really enjoy. I am hoping that it will open up questions about story-telling, perspective, and different types of intelligence. Unfortunately, since we only have a few copies on hand, I am requesting enough so that all of my students will be able to read it.
$430 needed>>

Diverse Books Initiative My students need books that they can relate to and novels that not only engage their identity but also help foster a love for reading!

I teach 8th-grade ELA in the South Bronx. 98% of my students are African American and Latino and 90% qualify for free/reduced school lunch. My students are incredibly talented, creative and have the determination to find answers to some of life's most difficult questions. My students love to debate (our school has ranked nationally in speech and debate), they are musicians, they take pride in their community through civic engagement, and most importantly they are great scholars!

As an ELA/Reading Teacher (of primarily African American & Hispanic males), I understand the importance of explaining real-world scenarios to my students in an engaging way. My students are highly engaged during lessons that confront and explain the problems of the world that most affect their day to day living scenarios. These experiences empower my students to think critically while thinking of unique ways to make a difference. They are aware of the issues that surround them daily and are looking for engaging books that help them connect further to their identities.
$291 needed>>

Engaging Parents… One Book At A Time! A typical day in my classroom is centered around reading. I teach a class of 25 amazing scholars! My students are very bright and have the potential to do amazing things in and out of the classroom.

I teach a wonderful 2nd Grade class at a Title 1 school where 100% of the students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. My students love to read! They enjoy going to the school library to pick books that interest them. Unfortunately, we are only scheduled to go to the library once a week. This is not frequent enough to give my students the high interest literature that they crave. My students especially enjoy spending time with their families and completing projects at home.

I would love for my students to have interesting books for them to read at home. Often my students come to school without the basic supplies. We all know that the only way to improve reading skills is to practice. I want my students to be able to pick books that they want to read. With your donations, my students will be reading books that they love! Most importantly, they will be taking these books home to share with their families.
$824 needed>>

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.


Of the movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, which was your favorite?






Hacksaw Ridge


Hell or High Water


Hidden Figures


La La Land




Manchester by the Sea



The High Line

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