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(HOUSTON) — From books to iPads, local teachers are taking to the Internet to raise money for classroom supplies.

You’ve probably heard of people using money raised through the Internet to pay for business ideas and personal dreams. Teachers have apparently been studying the success of crowdfunding and with all the cutbacks in education, they are trying to duplicate that success in the classroom.

Charnissia Smith is an eighth grade English teacher at Kipp Sharpstown College Prep and she is trying to raise money to replenish her classroom library.

“In order for students to be college ready, they have to be reading at least 200 pages a week and on average two hours per week. So that’s what I’m trying to get my students to that level,” Smith explained.

Smith said to encourage her students to read more, she allows them time each day to pick their own selections and do independent reading, but she also wants to give them a wider selection.

“They need like the latest fiction and non-fiction out there. If they’re interested in biography, if they’re interested in vampire, fiction–like whatever is going to make them pick up a book, that’s what I’m all about,” she said.

Smith said her ultimate goal is to make sure her students become lifelong readers.

You can check out Smith’s request for help on the fundraising site Pledgecents.

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