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Ms. Halstead from E Palo Alto CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Authors That Look Like Them

Help me give my students young adult high-interest books by authors that look like them.

  • $194 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come to our small charter school so that they will not get lost in the over two thousand student local high school. Their parents have big dreams for their children but many lack the knowledge of how to get to college. Over 90% of our students will be first generation college students and many have parents who did not have the opportunity to go to high school.

Graduation day is amazing at our school.

Watching a student be the first one in their family to walk across the stage and receive a diploma, is a life-changing experience. Knowing that they are on their way to college makes all the hard work worthwhile.

My Project

My students live in a world where most the of words they see were written by white authors. Many of them tell me that they don't like to read, yet I know that being a good reader is essential for success in college.

Help me fill my classroom library with young adult novels that are written by authors of color that look like my students.

Although my primary job is to teach math, I have an advisory class and we have sustained silent reading. SSR is much more effective if I have good books for the students to choose from. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and I want to share that love with my students. I love when a student asks me for help choosing a book and I can direct them to their new favorite.

Ms. Halstead
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Rain Is Not My Indian Name • Amazon Business $15.41 1 $15.41
Pride • Amazon Business $13.31 1 $13.31
Permanent Record • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
American Street • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Let's Talk About Love • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Prettyboy Must Die: A Novel • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
500 Words or Less • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
The Sun Is Also a Star • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39

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