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Mr. R. from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ayudanos! Spanish-Speaking Children Need Books Too!

My students need books that are written in Spanish, and books that are written about the Spanish-speaking world.

  • $314 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

20% of my students are native Spanish speakers. They're part of the fastest growing population in America; they're eager to learn, and they deserve to have library materials that celebrate their culture and promote cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.

I work for approximately 300 low-income students in Washington, DC.

My kids universally receive free lunch at school, and have little or no access to resources that aren't provided by the school. Most of my students read 3 or 4 grades below where they should read, but this is a result of poor schools, access to resources, etc. Resources are doubly-difficult for my Spanish-speaking students to obtain as they are rarely stocked in bookstores, public libraries, and other outlets.

My Project

The books on this list will excite and stimulate the students of my middle school. For students still reading solely in Spanish, I've selected popular titles like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Lightning Thief, so that they can read the novels in Spanish and then discuss them with friends who read the novels in English. For students who are already reading in English, I've asked for an assortment of award-winning novels that positively depict Spanish-speaking culture. Including these texts in the school library will ensure that all school populations are represented in the library, and that students on all levels of English Language Acquisition are able to participate.

Building cross-cultural understanding is an essential component of 21st century education.

My school is 80% African-American and 20% Hispanic/Latino - creating opportunities for dialogue will forge stronger community bonds between students and increase learning opportunities across the curriculum. Last year, we had fights break out due to racial differences - help us continue our work in breaking down these barriers and educating students.

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Mr. R.
Grades 6-8
  • Shaw Middle School Garnet-Patterson
  • Washington, DC
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
El Sonador (The Dreamer) Pam Munoz Ryan, Peter S s (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.49 3 $10.47
Eclipse (en espa ol) Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $8.19 1 $8.19
El ladron del rayo (The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1) Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $13.67 1 $13.67
La ley de Rodrick (Rodrick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #2) Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
Crep sculo (Twilight) Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Luna nueva (New Moon) Stephenie Meyer • Barnes and Noble $8.19 1 $8.19
Un renacuajo (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #1) Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
The Dreamer Pam Munoz Ryan, Peter S s (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 2 $24.60
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom Margarita Engle • Barnes and Noble $11.59 2 $23.18
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom / El arbol de la rendicion: Poemas de la lucha de Cuba por su libertad Margarita Engle • Barnes and Noble $6.83 2 $13.66
The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba Margarita Engle • Barnes and Noble $13.79 2 $27.58
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba Margarita Engle • Barnes and Noble $13.79 2 $27.58
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography in Poems of Juan Francisco Manzano Margarita Engle, Sean Qualls (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.76 2 $27.52
Return to Sender Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $11.61 2 $23.22

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