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Donors Choose
the skint

Please help bring books into NYC classrooms by supporting any of these Donors Choose projects.

Filling a 'Hunger' For Knowledge—I am currently a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher in a high-needs middle school. Our classroom would benefit from a class set of The Hunger Games so we can explore the joys of reading together. My school's population consists of low-income English Language Learners. My students work hard and often support their mothers and fathers by running household errands and watching younger siblings. I find them truly amazing, knowing what trouble they go through each and every day of their young lives. [$301 needed]

Expanding Our Library for Third Grade!—At the end of the academic year, my students were starting to tell me that they read all the books in our library. I am moving to third grade with my students, and will also have second graders in a special education 2nd/3rd grade bridge class. We need to expand our library. My students have a range of special needs, including autism, emotional disabilities, cognitive delays, and learning disabilities. What is more important than their disabilities is their abilities. They are enthusiastic, hard working, and are learning to be self-disciplined. We had a great year last year, and I am fortunate enough to be able to continue working with them this year. [$231 needed] MORE

How True is Non-Fiction?—Do you recall how your interest was piqued by your first set of non fiction books? My students are in a Title I school that is seriously in need of funding. Throughout the year, students work on non-fiction units to increase their knowledge of the world around them. This unit cannot be conducted properly unless there are non-fiction books readily available for the students to use. [$194 needed] MORE

Amazing Books for Amazing Students!—Our kids are truly amazing! Everyday our investment in them is paying off and they are making substantial intellectual gains. The problem is that we never have enough interesting books for them! We don't have a school library and we really need more books to keep our students on the path to success! We are located in the South Bronx which is ground-zero for childhood poverty. Our students' and their families cannot afford to buy books even in great economic times. In these troubled times, things are much worse and our school budget has been cut for seven consecutive budget cycles. Our good books are in very short supply! [$517] MORE

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri-sat 8pm: tiny theater = theater / dance / dance-theater / puppet-theater / object-theater / installation that takes place in a 6' x 6' x 6' space—in under 10 mins each. the brick, $18.

fri-sun 9pm: the third annual doomsday film festival + symposium kicks off with miracle mile (1988) and a post-screening q+a with actor anthony edwards (er, top gun) and director steve dejarnatt. 92ytribeca, $12.

sat 11am-7pm: fromage! sample french cheeses and wine at the cheeses of france pop-up cafe at open house gallery, free.

sun 10am-6pm: new york magazine's grub street food festival takes over the hester street fair with 75+ food vendors like char no. 4, fonda, pies 'n thighs, bark hot dogs, bon chovie, big gay ice cream, robicelli's cupcakes, lots more. free entry.

check out our list of 50 free and cheap and spooky and scary halloween events!

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