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Mrs. Valenzuela Chen from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

4th Graders Enjoy Diverse, High-Interest Books!

Help me give my students a bookcase and high interest books to take home and read!

  • $572 goal

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My Students

My students are creative, brilliant, and loving. They come to school with a desire to learn, ask questions, and contribute in their own personal ways.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and many of my students speak more than one language.

They value their ethnic identities and cultural upbringings and share their perspectives with each other to empower one another.

Our school is located in East Oakland and serves a socioeconomically disadvantaged population. The majority of our students are English language learners and qualify for free and reduced lunch. Our school is making significant gains to support our students and prioritize their learning, both academically and social-emotionally.

My Project

I want you to take a moment and think of a book you enjoyed reading when you were younger. Maybe you were eight, nine, twelve, or fifteen, but that book changed you.

When I think of books, I think of the privilege of learning and being soaked into a different world and our students deserve to experience that and more.

They deserve to take books home and enjoy them to their fullest. Some of my most loved books leave my library and find their way in the homes of students who treasure the book beyond belief.

This project will provide my learners across different levels to have more access to a range of books and choose what appeals to them. I think powerful readers know what they want and they have asked for some of these titles to be present in our classroom library.

Mrs. Valenzuela Chen
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 28 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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ECR4Kids Birch Hardwood Single-Sided Bookcase Display Stand for Kids, 5 Shelves, Natural Birch Hardwood Kids’ Bookshelf, Bookshelf for Kids, GREENGUARD [GOLD] Certified Book Display • Amazon Business $143.98 1 $143.98
Amulet #1-8 Box Set • Amazon Business $64.45 1 $64.45
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King • Amazon Business $11.59 2 $23.18
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $19.22 1 $19.22
Mighty Jack • Amazon Business $9.56 2 $19.12
Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl • Amazon Business $7.49 2 $14.98
First Little Comics Parent Pack: Levels E & F: 16 Funny Books That Are Just the Right Level for Growing Readers • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish Boxed Set: (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish; The Seaquel; Fins of Fury) • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Four Mice Deep in the Jungle • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Paws Off, Cheddarface! (Geronimo Stilton, No. 6) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Nikki and Deja: Substitute Trouble (Nikki & Deja) • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
Nikki and Deja: Nikki and Deja, Book One (1) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Heroes on the Side: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #4) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Bok! Bok! Boom!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #2) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Birdy Snatchers (Kung Pow Chicken #3) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The High-Rise Private Eyes #7: The Case of the Baffled Bear (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $4.62 1 $4.62
Let's Get Cracking!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
The High-Rise Private Eyes #4: The Case of the Troublesome Turtle • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Splat the Cat Makes Dad Glad (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Splat the Cat: A Whale of a Tale (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Splat the Cat: Up in the Air at the Fair (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
I'm Too Fond of My Fur! (Geronimo Stilton #4) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $3.82 1 $3.82

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