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Ms. Fitzpatrick from Sawyer MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Arm Us With Understanding

My students need exposure to a wide variety of books that celebrate diversity, promote tolerance, encourage friendship, and build acceptance of who they are.

  • $506 goal

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My Students

I teach at a small, rural K-2 school in Southwest Michigan. We are a Title 1 school, with many of our students receiving free lunch. We have a caring community that tries to do its best for our students.

Our school works hard to meet the needs of all our students, educationally and socially.

I have a class full of inquisitive students who are eager to learn. I strive to create a safe, welcoming classroom where my students can grow and explore. However, like most teachers, I want to do more.

My Project

At this critical, often heartbreaking time in our world, I want better for my students. I want to instill in them the idea that each of them is important and who they are matters. I want them to “spread kindness like confetti” and show empathy toward others. I want to share with them the struggles that have gone on before them and that are still happening to make our country and world a better place. I want them to recognize the beauty in diversity and know that our differences are not all that different after all. I want to start by sharing these books with my students.

These books focus on a variety of topics: kindness, empathy, civil rights, self-expression, and more.

I plan to share them as read aloud with my students to spark honest discussion and hopefully, inspiration.

Ms. Fitzpatrick
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BK196 - The Colors of Us Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $18.99 1 $18.99
BK167 - Say Hello! Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
AV222 - All Kinds of Children Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
What Should Danny Do? • Amazon Business $16.92 1 $16.92
Be Kind • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills • Amazon Business $15.74 1 $15.74
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
Be a Friend • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
The Other Side • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Junkyard Wonders • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
One Green Apple • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
I Have a Dream (Book & CD) • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
The Sandwich Swap • Amazon Business $10.31 1 $10.31
Same, Same But Different • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Hooway for Wodney Wat • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
We All Sing With the Same Voice • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
The Big Orange Splot • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $6.19 1 $6.19
Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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