Wilson HS Book Drive

Books HD by Flickr user Abhi Sharma

Did you know that the D.C. Public Schools does not provide students with personal copies of required reading texts? While every classroom has a set of books, those are not a substitute for each student having his or her own copy. Some Wilson High School families can afford to purchase the required books for their children, but many cannot.

Help give Wilson High School students the gift of literature this school year by supporting the English department’s book drive. There are two ways to give:

  1. Donate gently used or new copies of the titles listed below by placing them in the bin at the security guard’s desk at Wilson High School.
  2. Purchase books directly from the Wilson High School English department’s Amazon wish list. The price for each title ranges between $6 and $12. Purchases will ship directly to the high school.

Here is the list of books by grade level, along with the number of copies needed to ensure each student has his or her own:

9th Grade
The Bluest Eye (100 copies)
Things Fall Apart (100 copies)
Fences (100 copies)

10th Grade
The Other Wes Moore (75 copies)
1984 (50 copies)
The Things They Carried (75 copies)
Kite Runner (50 copies)

11th Grade
Their Eyes Were Watching God (50 copies)

12th Grade
All Quiet on the Western Front (50 copies)
No Fear Macbeth (75 copies)

Photo credit: flickr user Abhi Sharma


A big thank you to a Wilson High School parent for bringing the book drive to our attention. Tips on community service events can be sent to tenleytowndc@gmail.com.

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One comment

  • Since retiring about 11 years ago, I’ve listened to audio editions of nearly every book on the list. Two that I’d never heard of were “The Other Wes Moore” and “No Fear MacBeth.” I googled to see what they were about. Apparently “No Fear MacBeth” is a type of study guide. I found the complete edition on-line free in PDF format. I highly recommend the audiobook version of “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Nell Hurston. It’s read by Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. It’s a great performance.