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Mrs. Benites from Tucson AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for the Barrio

My students need a diverse collection of books from which to choose.

  • $587 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school provides a unique blend of culture and history to its scholars. This culture embodies their love of our Earth and their desire to find ways to make a powerful change in our school's ecology.

You will often find scholars tending to their gardens, feeding chickens and tilapia, and harnessing clean energy to manage these resources.

And, although we are a Title I school, scholars perform with the highest of expectations, integrity, and hope. Scholars know they are stewards of their earth.

My Project

Books become the source of pleasure, escape, and ultimately the are the givers of ideas and knowledge. The right books transport students to other lands, other worlds, and help them consider other streams of thoughts. They are essential for student growth, and play an important part in shaping a healthy world-view.

Providing time, space, and choice for children to read is my top priority.

All scholars will be given a 30-minute block of time a day to read independently their chosen book. These books are relevant and timeless for our diverse scholars. For example, the book by Aliki titled "Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians" allows for scholars to see how the corn they grow at school has shaped and continues to shape our world. Additionally, books like "Niño Wrestles the World" by Yuyi Morales, is filled with rich Spanish words, and a child's imagination that explains the lucha libre culture. Some other requested titles include Chocolate Me!, Each Kindness, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Crossover, The Kite Runner, and Too Many Tamales.

Relevant books for relevant children.

Mrs. Benites
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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11 donors11 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 26 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Chocolate Me! • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Niño Wrestles the World • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Each Kindness • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Marisol McDonald no combina / Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.28 1 $12.28
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
Things Fall Apart: A Novel • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel • AKJ Education $8.46 1 $8.46
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Pot That Juan Built • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
El Deafo • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Amelia's Road • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Tangerine • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Too Many Tamales • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Martin's Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Warriors Don't Cry The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Elijah of Buxton • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Crossing the Wire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Rules • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tar Beach • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Abiyoyo Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ninth Ward • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $5.68 1 $5.68
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $4.98 1 $4.98
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 1 $4.85
My Name Is Maria Isabel • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

Materials cost

$431.42

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$30.85

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.47

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$498.74

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.01

Total project goal

$586.75

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$586.75

10 Donors

-$461.75

Donations toward project cost

-$392.49

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$69.26

match offer

-$125.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$106.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.75

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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