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Ms. Westerberg, Librarian from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Biographies Are Inspiring!

Help me give my students lots of biographies to check out from our school library. Hopefully, they will inspire my students to pursue their dreams!

  • $688 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My 650+ students live and study in the Hermosa neighborhood, whose Spanish translation is "beautiful." It's a working-class neighborhood on the northwest side of our city.

I'm lucky enough to be their librarian, meaning I know each and every student in our school.

Our community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, which makes the inequities my students face even greater. My students typically have very little in terms of possessions, yet they deserve so much.

My Project

I'm so lucky to be the librarian for almost 700 students on the northwest side of Chicago. Not only that, but I work with some really amazing kids who love to read! My students love a wide variety of books. I have tons of graphic novel fans, silly picture book fanatics, science and history lovers, and even biography fiends! My students often ask for books so they can learn about other people. Sometimes, I'm surprised (in a good way!) with how inquisitive my students are in their search for a good biography. For example, through another funded project I acquired books about John Lennon, Malala, Anne Frank, Pelé, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Warren and Prince. Almost all of them were checked out by my in-person learners that week!

Growing up in a working class family, I, too, recall reading books about famous (and not so famous) people for inspiration.

Many of my students rarely leave their working class neighborhood of Hermosa. With covid, we haven't been able to go on field trips in over a year. I'd love to provide some books that will inspire my students to pursue their dreams. Included on this list are collective biographies such as "Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change" and "Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends."

I'm also requesting individual biographies about important figures in Latinx and African American history, like Chance the Rapper, Stevie Wonder, Booker T. Washington and José Alberto Gutiérrez. My history buffs love to learn about US history and will be eager to learn about past presidents like John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

We appreciate your support in bringing more amazing books to our library!

Ms. Westerberg, Librarian
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Chance the Rapper: Independent Innovator (Hip-Hop Artists) • Amazon Business $37.07 1 $37.07
HiChen Large Woven Cotton Rope Storage Basket, Laundry Basket Organizer for Toys, Blanket, Clothes, Towels, Gifts | Pet Gift Basket for Cat, Dog - 15.7" L×11.8" H, Black • Amazon Business $25.21 1 $25.21
Who Was Thomas Jefferson? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
Who Was John F. Kennedy? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
Who Was Ronald Reagan? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
Who Was Andrew Jackson? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
Who Was Franklin Roosevelt? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
Who Was Theodore Roosevelt? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Who Was Richard Nixon? • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
What Is LEGO? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
What Is the Civil Rights Movement? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
What Is the Story of Batman? • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $15.92 1 $15.92
Who Was Henry Ford? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $15.80 1 $15.80
Who Was Jesus? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Who Is Bill Gates? • Amazon Business $15.04 1 $15.04
We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders (Books for Kid Activists, Activism Book for Children) • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Who Was Booker T. Washington? (Who Was...?) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Who Was...? (Quality Paper)) • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Stevie Wonder (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 56) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
A Guard Dog Named Honey • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Who Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Kid Innovators: True Tales of Childhood from Inventors and Trailblazers (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $12.28 1 $12.28
Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Steve Jobs (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 47) • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends (Kid Legends) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Rescatando palabras (Digging for Words Spanish Edition): José Alberto Gutiérrez y la biblioteca que creó • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Alan Turing (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 38) • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
Elton John (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 50) • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Aretha Franklin (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 44) • Amazon Business $10.72 1 $10.72
Billie Jean King (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 39) • Amazon Business $10.11 1 $10.11
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Jean-Michel Basquiat (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 41) • Amazon Business $9.92 1 $9.92
Corazon Aquino (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 43) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Jesse Owens (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 42) • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32

Materials cost

$545.89

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.19

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$584.08

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$103.07

Total project goal

$687.15

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$687.15

1 Donor

-$458.09

Donations toward project cost

-$389.38

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$68.71

match offer

-$229.06

Match offer toward project cost

-$194.70

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$34.36

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$0.00

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