My inclusion classroom is made up of 20 amazing, thoughtful, and kind-hearted third-graders whose love for learning blows me away each and every day I spend with them. My school is a high poverty Title I school with 100% of students receiving free lunch. My students are often faced with adult situations at home that no 8 or 9 years old should ever have to face including homelessness, drug addiction, foster care, mental health issues, medical problems, immigration, abuse, and extreme poverty. Their ability to overcome these obstacles and maintain a willingness to learn and develop as individuals in the classroom amazes me. They pour their hearts and souls into their work, each other, and their teacher each time they walk through the door of our room.
Students in my classroom come from a variety of linguistic backgrounds. This past year, 11 out of my 17 students were English language learners. I have students who have spent their entire life in the United States and are fluently bilingual, and I also have students that are new to the country and are new to learning the English language.
My students, no matter their linguistic background, deserve access to high-quality literature that represents subjects they love.
Please help me expand my classroom library by providing bilingual and Spanish literature. I cannot wait to see their faces when they see themselves and their cultures represented in the books they read.
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