Help Save Nonfiction Studies! by Melody Bentson, KIPP Academy of Innovation verified non-profit

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Launched Mar 20, 2017
Ends Apr 18, 2017
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Category: English
Class Size: 125
Grade: 6th 

My kids are millionaires. In word count, that is. 25% of my sixth graders are past 1 million words read this year and the rest are well on their way! At our school, a love for reading is part of the culture, and our innovators jump at the chance to read the latest novel. My students don't need more books to develop their reading passion, they need more books to sustain the passion and they require a variety of texts to broaden their horizons. I am raising money to not just stock my library, but to fill it with engaging, relevant, and fascinating NONFICTION reads. 

I teach Nonfiction Studies at KAI and one of my mottos is "Read to Learn Anything...Literally." Sadly, the motto has not yet been internalized by my students because I haven't been able to provide them with the books they need. Curiosity can lead us to wonderful destinations, yet without the proper resources the path is dimly lit. My kids need more informational books at their reading level so that they can take action on their curiosity and become well-rounded, passionate, intellectual, and independent life-long learners. Help me SAVE NONFICTION STUDIES by donating as much money as you can. Your generous contribution will go towards memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, current event magazines, and (my personal favorite) history books.

I promote travel and adventure as a means to understand and empathize with human nature, including history and culture, but because travel is not a current reality for many in our East LA community, nonfiction books must be the solution!

Click here and here to get an idea of the types of books I will purchase. If you would like to make a suggestion, I would love to hear it. Email me at

If we do not meet our goal...

If I do not meet my goal I will still purchase as many nonfiction books that I can! Anything helps. 

Suggested Investments


One book

Buy one book for a child
Invest $20


Three books

Buy three nonfiction books for our classroom library.
Invest $60


Five books

Buy 5 books for the library
Invest $100

Melody Bentson

Social Studies Teacher , KIPP Academy of Innovation

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Los Angeles, California

KIPP Academy of Innovation is a tuition-free public charter middle school that opened in August 2014 in East Los Angeles. KIPP Academy of Innovation currently serves 105 5th grade students, and will add one grade each year until we reach capacity in 2017 with students in fifth through eighth grade.

Books Purchased

May 3, 2017

A whopping 31 books have been purchased for my classroom library! THANK YOU to all investors who helped make this happen!

Isela Rivas
Norman R Bentson
Mohamed Rahme

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