This project will serve a group of elementary aged students who are destined to have huge impacts on the world. Although 80% of them live in poverty, and more than 60% are English language learners, they are hard workers who only wish to achieve, and one day leave their footprint on the world. Many of these young boys and girls are overcoming the language barriers of learning a second language, many of whom are separated from their families who live thousands of miles away. More than 80% of these students come from poverty. In order to get them on grade-level, we must provide resources that will meet them where they are! They need and deserve these same opportunities!
My students need books that represent and help us learn about different cultures around the world, so all of my students feel validated.
My Marshallese students need a variety of books that represent the various cultures they come from.
Most of my immigrant students brought very little with them when they came here. Few of them have books at the homes I have visited. I need more books for the classroom which represent students from the Marshall Islands because I want them to see themselves when they look at these books. I want them to hear words from their own language as they use it to support and build their own English. Some will be used as a read-aloud so the entire class can experience the journey together. Other books will be put in student libraries and reading tubs so all students will have access to literature which informs them of what is happening around the world, and teaches about a different culture than most of our students are used to seeing.
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