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Mr. Ruben from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Add Black Girl Magic to Our Classroom Library

Help me give my students a variety of books starring real and fictional Black heroines!

  • $485 goal

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My Students

Our school is filled with future politicians, artists, scientists, and many other types of change makers. We are a small public school, serving mostly Black and Latino students, most of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Our school, located in the heart of Harlem, is a part of NYC's renewal process, and all of us - school leaders, teachers, families and children - are eager to transform our school into something special. Our students are imaginative and filled with a love for learning.

These future change makers need your help.

An investment in our projects is an investment in these students' futures, and the future of our community. We are a school filled with smart, compassionate, and energetic people, ready to make a difference in our community and the world!

My Project

Do you remember your favorite book as a child? Could you picture yourself right inside the story?

Unfortunately, there are far too few children's books featuring characters of color.

In fact, research shows more books were published featuring talking trucks or animals than kids of color! Our school serves 99% Black and Latino children. This year, our 5th grade classes are mostly girls. These books feature a variety of amazing real and fictional Black girl protagonists like Michelle Obama, Mae Jemison, and Dyamonde Daniel. Putting these books in our library will tell our girls that their stories matter and they have the power to write their own stories, too!

Mr. Ruben
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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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 36 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Beyoncé • AKJ Education $6.53 2 $13.06
Lottie Paris and the Best Place • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Lottie Paris Lives Here • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
You Should Meet Collector's Set • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Gabby Douglas • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel • AKJ Education $5.39 2 $10.78
Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
EDGE: Sporting Heroes: Serena Williams • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Nikki and Deja • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Nikki and Deja: Election Madness • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Nikki and Deja: Wedding Drama • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Ruby and the Booker Boys #2: Trivia Queen, 3rd Grade Supreme • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Rich • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Halfway to Perfect • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Nikki and Deja: Substitute Trouble • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Almost Zero • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Rebound Time • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Picture Perfect • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Soccer Surprise • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Skating Showdown • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Abuela's Birthday • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
The Marigold Mess • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
The Missing Mouse • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Cheer Challenge • AKJ Education $4.34 2 $8.68
Michelle Obama • AKJ Education $8.58 1 $8.58
Little Sister Is Not My Name! (Sassy Series #1) Sharon M. Dr • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #2: Toeshoe Trouble • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Sugar Plums to the Rescue! • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Michelle Obama • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
My Family Adventure • AKJ Education $3.61 2 $7.22
Pro Sports Biographies: Serena Williams • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Who Is Michelle Obama? • AKJ Education $5.39 1 $5.39
Serena Williams • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Hoop Hustle • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Win or Lose • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Mae Jemison • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34

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