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Mrs. Stern from Saint Paul MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

A Character Like Me!

Help me give my students books that they can see themselves in and the joy of reading!

  • $600 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our population is culturally diverse with students coming from all around the world. They speak many different languages and some don't speak any English when they join our class.

I teach in a smaller school in which 96% of students receive free and reduced lunch and the majority are ELL.

Because we are a smaller school, we often lack funding for learning tools. These students are resilient and come to school every day to learn new things. They work hard and want to learn skills that will help them reach their hopes and dreams for a bright future. These students are also filled with enthusiastic energy. They are kind, friendly, and are excited to be at school.

There are currently 20 students in my class. My students come mainly from Thailand, Burma, Somalia, and Mexico. This group of students are inquisitive and love to learn using hands-on activities. We are working on learning skills for their future.

My Project

The books I am requesting will be used for many purposes. First and foremost, they will be used for students to read independently. Next, I will use some of the books for mini-lessons. These will be great resources to teach character traits, theme, and so much more. By having books the students see themselves in, it will increase their engagement and curiosity about the books.

My students need to see themselves in the books they read!

My students need books that have characters that they can see themselves in. When they see books that have characters like them, they will be motivated to read more books. Some of these books will be used to teach students about historical figures and others about characters just like them. My hope is to inspire students of color to set goals and aspire to do great things!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 2 $32.38
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $19.41 1 $19.41
Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice (Hack Learning Series) • Amazon Business $19.02 1 $19.02
Sulwe • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
Walking Eagle: The Little Comanche Boy • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Bowwow Powwow (ALA Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.14 1 $14.14
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga • Amazon Business $13.68 1 $13.68
What Is Given from the Heart • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
The Water Princess • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
The Scarlet Stockings Spy (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon Business $13.16 1 $13.16
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Going Down Home with Daddy • Amazon Business $12.11 1 $12.11
My Papi Has a Motorcycle • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
The Field • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Hair Love • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Jingle Dancer • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Mommy's Khimar • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party! (Revised Edition) (You Wouldn't Want to…: American History) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Lubna and Pebble • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
A Storm Called Katrina • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition • Amazon Business $7.46 1 $7.46
When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots • Amazon Business $7.42 1 $7.42
A Place Where Hurricanes Happen • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Wordy Birdy • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Paul Revere's Ride • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Encounter (Voyager Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Katie's Trunk • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
The Very First Americans (All Aboard Books) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

Materials cost

$460.51

Vendor shipping charges

$11.97

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.91

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$509.39

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.89

Total project goal

$599.28

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$599.28

2 Donors

-$269.07

Donations toward project cost

-$265.32

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

match offer

-$287.14

Match offer toward project cost

-$244.07

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$43.07

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$43.07

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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