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Ms. D. from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Language We Understand

My students need books in their own language to introduce them to the world of literacy.

  • $349 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school's preK to grade 5 students come from one of the most disadvantaged school districts in New York City, and one of the poorest congressional districts in the country.

Our students arrive in the morning hungry for breakfast and then, once fed, full of curiosity and ready for learning.

Nearly all receive free lunch in the afternoon. Many remain after dismissal for after-school programs. The grown ups are committed to teaching, and to learning - from our students and professionally, from each other. While only sixteen percent of the students are officially classified as English language learners with ELL services, many more are from Spanish-speaking homes with the vast majority of students identifying as Latino.

I write some generalizations to describe our students, yet of course every child is so individual. Each has their own preferences and experiences, but each eager to experience, connect, and learn.

My Project

Our prekindergarten students become immersed in the world of fiction and nonfiction literature through read alouds, listening centers, dramatic play and song. As the school library teacher, I help to introduce the preK students to the world of literacy and to our library, which lacks the list of books I am requesting. This list contains the recommended Spanish-language titles from our city's preK curriculum Units 1 - 5.

Our youngest and newest preK dual language students need books in their own home language in order to flourish as future readers and writers.

Studies show that literacy in the home language translates to literacy in the new language. If we receive these books, our prekindergarten English language learners - indeed, also our older kindergarten ELLs - will be able to gain literacy skills in their native language they can transfer to English. These books will specifically benefit the dual language prekindergarten class of 18 students but also be shared across prekindergarten (54 students total) and with the ELLs in Kindergarten (approximately 30 more students).

Ms. D.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hello Ocean / Hola Mar (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $18.40 1 $18.40
Are You My Mother?/¿Eres tú mi mamá? (The Cat in the Hat Beginner Books / Yo Puedo Leerlo Solo) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
El edificio (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Corduroy (Spanish Language Edition) • Amazon Business $17.20 1 $17.20
El oficial Correa y Gloria (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Harold y el lapiz color morado • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
El Conejito Knuffle (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
Me Llamo Yoon (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Buenas noches, luna • Amazon Business $15.75 1 $15.75
All the Colors We Are/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel • Amazon Business $11.32 1 $11.32
Cinco monitos Coleccion de oro/Five Little Monkeys Storybook Treasury (A Five Little Monkeys Story) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Prudencia se preocupa (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Senderos Estándares Comunes: Little Big Book Grade K ¿Cómo va un dinosaurio a la escuela? (Unit 1, Book 2) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Oso polar, oso polar, ¿qué es ese ruido? (Brown Bear and Friends) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.05 1 $8.05
El mitón (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.03 1 $8.03
Un amigo de veras maravilloso (A Splendid Friend, Indeed) (Goose and Bear Stories) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Bear in a Square/Oso en un Cuadrado (Spanish Edition) (Fun First Steps) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Rapido y lento / Fast and Slow (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.88 1 $6.88
Papá, por favor, bájame la luna (Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me) (The World of Eric Carle) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.81 1 $6.81
A sembrar sopa de verduras • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
¡No Dejes Que la Paloma Conduzca el Autobus! (Pigeon Series) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.37 1 $6.37
Quiero ser Policia (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $5.88 1 $5.88
La Semilla de Zanahoria (The Carrot Seed) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$261.89

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.93

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$295.82

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$52.20

Total project goal

$348.02

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$348.02

7 Donors

-$240.00

Donations toward project cost

-$204.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.00

match offer

-$108.02

Match offer toward project cost

-$91.82

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$16.20

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$0.00

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