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Ms. Tierney from Wilton NH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for Change

My students need books that focus on diversity, tolerance, empathy and taking care of others and themselves.

  • $583 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are such caring individuals. They love to talk with each other and share their ideas. They surprise me every day with their willingness to participate in discussions. They grab onto meaningful topics with all of the maturity of people much older than they are. It makes my teacher heart so happy to watch them tackle things together and listen to/build off of each others' thinking. But unfortunately we are not a diverse community, 97.2% of the student population at Florence Rideout Elementary School identify as Caucasian. We do our best to learn all we can about the perspectives of people who may be different from us, but we have limited resources at the moment.

But they LOVE to be read to.

It's amazing to me how even my students who don't enjoy reading on their own, will be completely entranced when they are gathered on the rug for a read-aloud. This is why I know that I can reach them through picture books.

My Project

I know that I am not alone. There are teachers all across the country thinking about what they can do to help their students treat themselves and others with compassion. I believe one of the ways we can accomplish this is through books.

By donating to our project you will help my students identify with characters we read about, you will help them start seeing their classmates in ways that they never have before, and maybe you will help them realize what kind of impact their choices have on others.

I have chosen picture books that show important people in history overcoming their own hardships and reaching out to help others. There are diverse stories about people from other countries with influential hopes and dreams. Books about students who struggle in school, but ask for help and are not left behind. Books about being different and how it is perfectly okay. Ones that show students HOW to be kind, not just tell them to be. Books that help students realize how happy it makes them feel to watch characters stand up for others. Books that let them know they matter.

I will set aside time in my schedule to make sure we not only read one of these books daily, but also discuss what it means to us. We will determine the lesson and how it can be transferred to our own lives. We will think about the character and what kind of person they are. We will talk about specific parts in the book that we felt were most meaningful or that we related to the most. And sometimes we will write about our thoughts.

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider our project.

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $9.39 2 $18.78
Be Kind • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya • Amazon Business $15.47 1 $15.47
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
Bully • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
The Other Side • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Water Princess • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Junkyard Wonders • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Hey, Little Ant • Amazon Business $14.22 1 $14.22
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (CitizenKid) • Amazon Business $13.03 1 $13.03
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
Through My Eyes • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Rabbit Listened • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Desmond and the Very Mean Word • Amazon Business $12.44 1 $12.44
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
You Are Special (Max Lucado's Wemmicks) • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.32 1 $11.32
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Sandwich Swap • Amazon Business $10.31 1 $10.31
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla • Amazon Business $10.21 1 $10.21
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
Baseball Saved Us • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Mr. Lincoln's Way • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Thank You, Mr. Falker • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
14 Cows for America • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
Teammates • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $6.93 1 $6.93
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $6.41 1 $6.41
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $6.12 1 $6.12
The Story of Ferdinand • Amazon Business $3.43 1 $3.43

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