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Mrs. Hale from Alexandria VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books as Mirrors, Windows, and Doors

Help me give my students books that they can see themselves in, books they can relate to, and books that inspire them to be the best version of themselves.

  • $600 goal

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My Students

My students are the most incredible little humans I have ever had the privilege of meeting. When they step foot into my room they are scientists, mathematicians, readers, writers, authors, dreamers, visionaries and, above all, lifelong learners.

I currently work in a Title 1 school where almost 80% of the student body receives free and reduced lunch.

There are more than 40 countries represented in my K-5 school and the vast majority of my students are English Language Learners. These opportunities come with challenges, however; the diversity among my students allow for a deeper understanding of differences and an authentic way of fostering compassion and global awareness.

My Project

I strive to create a classroom where books are loved, cherished, and above all - read! I implore my students to choose books that inspire them to be the best version of themselves, books that change them for the better. I encourage them to be critical readers who constantly question, analyze, and discuss literature. I realized, as I watched my students build their identities as readers, that if I want a classroom full of critical readers, I need to create an environment that inspires them to be as such.

My students deserve books that they can connect their own identities and experiences to - books that allow them to discover the person they aspire to be.

I am requesting books that allow my students to see themselves as people who deserve and have the right to be written about. The phrase "books as mirrors, windows, and doors" lends itself to allowing my diverse group of learners to view their person and others in the literature they read every day. I want to inspire them to advocate for themselves and providing a print rich environment with books that show them just how powerful they can be is one avenue of furthering this advocacy. As my students continue to build their identities as readers, I endeavor to provide them with texts that will help support this journey.

Mrs. Hale
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sterilite 19638606 Large Clip Box, Clear with Blue Aquarium Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $40.03 2 $80.06
Keep Climbing, Girls • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
We Don't Eat Our Classmates • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Turning Pages: My Life Story • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Today I'm a Monster • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) • Amazon Business $14.33 1 $14.33
Migrant • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Soccer Star • Amazon Business $13.93 1 $13.93
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Elliot • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The Pink Hat • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.12 1 $12.12
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
We March • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
And Tango Makes Three (Classic Board Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Red Pencil • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.94 1 $7.94
Deep in the Sahara • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Child of the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $6.54 1 $6.54
Ruby Flips For Attention (Ruby and the Booker Boys #4) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Trivia Queen, Third Grade Supreme (Ruby and the Booker Boys #2) • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Who Was Helen Keller? • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby and the Booker Boys #1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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