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Ms. Woods from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Blending Literacy, Art, and Activism

My students need books!! We want to start teaching critical thinking, advanced literacy, creativity, historical understanding, compassion, and activism from a young age. They also need artistic tools to blend all their learning into artful masterpieces!

  • $580 goal

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My Students

My afterschool program serves majority kids of color from a school in East Oakland, grades K-6. We are a relatively new charter school teaching from a social justice pedagogy, working to develop critical thinking around identity, history, compassion, activism, and change.

Our kids are heavily engaged in the arts, giving them the opportunity to express themselves freely, use their imagination to make an impact, learn about their ancestors who have paved the way with their own creativity, and so much more.

Coming from institutions that rarely appreciate their authenticity, our students thrive within a curriculum that represents them and highlights their voices and creativity. Such a curriculum requires extensive and specific materials to ensure the growth of their knowledge, inspiration, and collaboration.

My Project

Our students will see themselves, their ancestors, and their history in the books that I've chosen to share with them. They will learn critical thinking skills through reading and discussing these texts. They will express their self-knowledge and creativity with the art supplies requested.

Their art will be shared through the school, with families, and in the community to inspire the continuation of this kind of education to feed these brilliant young minds.

I want to be intentional about the stories I share with them, as it will help them in telling their own stories. I want to show them that their imaginations have no limits, so I certainly don't want limited supplies to stand in the way. I want them to have all the resources we can get our hands on to harness their greatness.

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

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola Fun Effects Mini Twistables Crayons, 24-Count, 1 pack • Amazon Business $6.57 8 $52.56
VIAHART Brain Flakes 500 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set | A Creative and Educational Alternative to Building Blocks | Tested for Children's Safety | A Great STEM Toy for Both Boys and Girls! • Amazon Business $15.55 2 $31.10
Crayola Model Magic Deluxe Variety Pack, 14 / Pack, Net .7 Ounce • Amazon Business $12.27 2 $24.54
Crayola 24 Ct Washable Watercolors • Amazon Business $1.95 10 $19.50
Calling the Water Drum • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
Kare & Kind Smart Dough Tools Kit with Models and Molds (Set of 24 Pieces) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Kids' Fun Brush Set 24 PC Use for All Paints Ages 6 to Adult by Nicole • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass (Paula Wiseman Books) • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Mama The Alien/Mama la Extraterrestre (Bilingual Edition) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $11.51 1 $11.51
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Love to Langston • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Crayola Sidewalk Chalk, Washable, Outdoor, Gifts for Kids, 64 Count • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Destiny's Gift • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
A Morning with Grandpa • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Grandma's Brown Cookies: Made With The Good Stuff • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Pacon 6555 Rainbow Super Value Construction Paper Ream, 45 lb, 9 x 12, Assorted, 500 Sheets • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
A Shelter in Our Car • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
7: Coloring Book for Kids: More Funny Animal Mandalas: Funny Animal Mandalas Coloring Pages (Coloring for Kids) (Volume 7) • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90
Barack • Amazon Business $6.10 1 $6.10
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Vision of Beauty: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Melissa & Doug Jumbo 50-Page Kids' Coloring Pad - Horses, Hearts, Flowers, and More • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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