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Ms. Seal from Gulfport MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Adding Diversity to a Mississippi Classroom Library

Help me give my students books celebrating diverse perspectives to add to our classroom library!

  • $189 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are the kindest, most determined, hardest working people I know. Many of them face great adversity in their homes and in their daily lives, yet they come to school each day willing to learn and to do their best. I love my students more than I can explain and once they have been in my class, they are forever "my kids."

Because of my love for my students, I'm tough on them, but they rise to each and every challenge set before them.

They are tough, strong-willed, and determined and I'm so lucky to get to spend every day with them!

I primarily teach 10th graders, but I also have a group of advanced freshmen, and I usually teach some upperclassmen as well.

My students are a very diverse group--they live in varied locations, including inside the city and out in the county, they have diverse family situations, and their backgrounds are also diverse--but despite their many differences, they come together to form one of the top ranked high schools in our state!

My Project

My students don't always love to read, but often, it's because they haven't found a book they connect with yet.

One of my aims as an English teacher is to encourage students to love reading, and one way I do that is through independent choice books; I love to find diverse books that represent the diverse people who sit in my classroom.

Diversity in the literature available to students tells them that they are important, they matter, and they aren't alone. Because my classroom is full of wonderfully diverse students, I feel that it's important and necessary for them to read and experience books that mirror themselves. Not only will they see main characters that they can relate to and that reflect their own culture, but this will also help build their self-confidence and their feeling of inclusiveness and belonging.

Books can also be a window by offering a view into someone else's experience. For students who may frequently see themselves in books, these diverse perspectives will allow them to see and to empathize with people who are different from them.

Please help me add to the diversity in my classroom with these new books!

Ms. Seal
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 150 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play • Amazon Business $18.84 1 $18.84
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
I Wish You All the Best • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Here Comes the Sun: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.23 1 $13.23
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Astonishing Color of After • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Girls Like Me • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
You Asked for Perfect • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89

Materials cost

$119.88

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

Sales tax

$8.39

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.80

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$160.07

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$28.25

Total project goal

$188.32

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$188.32

3 Donors

-$109.38

Donations toward project cost

-$99.72

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$9.66

match offer

-$71.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$60.35

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$10.65

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.94

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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