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

Books About Things That Matter

My students need books about culturally and politically relevent topics that will hook them into loving reading!

  • $439 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students live in a very low income community in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Currently over half of our students are considered homeless. They are almost all minorities, many are learning English as a second language, and many have faced extreme adversity in their home lives. Many students work far below grade level and all are on free and reduced price lunch. My students come to school where it's a safe place, and, despite everything, they try their best every day. While surrounding communities boast multi-million dollar homes and high powered tech companies, my kids have seen things no child should see, and this impacts their learning at school.

My Project

With the current state of politics, and so many students feeling anxious and uneasy, they need access to books about topics that really matter - immigration, and race and equality. My students come from diverse backgrounds and they need to know that there are books about kids like them.

I want them to be able to pick up a book and think "I can relate", and "I want to read this!"

Reading can be a challenge for many of my kids and finding books that they like and can understand can be even harder. This project fill our classroom library with titles that they will love and want to read. They will be able to have books in their hands where they can connect to the characters and topics. This will improve engagement and comprehension during independent reading time and book clubs which happens daily. Right now this time can look like a lot of "fake reading" and distracting behavior. This will also lead to increased discussion and student talk. I know that if my students like reading their reading levels will increase. My hope is that my students will become grade level readers by the end of this year.

Ms. Amato
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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

This project will reach 60 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Breaking Through • Amazon Business $7.19 6 $43.14
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
Star in the Forest • Amazon Business $6.99 5 $34.95
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key • Amazon Business $6.94 5 $34.70
Kira-Kira • Amazon Business $6.93 5 $34.65
Ghost of Spirit Bear • Amazon Business $5.20 5 $26.00
Goodbye Stranger (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
Hades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead (Secrets of the Ancient Gods) • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
The Crossover • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
The Thing About Jellyfish • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
Kick • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Short • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
Because I Am Furniture • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Black and White • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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