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Ms. Hernández from Las Cruces NM is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books in Kids' Hands

Help me give my students books to discover social emotional learning through stories they can relate to and enjoy.

  • $591 goal

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My Students

Frederick Douglas said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." I've worked with "broken" teenagers and have seen the crucial need to build not only strong children so they can have a solid foundation when they get into those teenage years and beyond, but empathetic and kind leaders.

I currently work at a low-income, dual-language (Spanish/English) elementary school that has been labeled "high needs school." Although all of our students come from very little, they dream big!

The students at this school do not always come from supportive families, many come from broken homes, but they are loved and given the best teachers, staff and administration can give.

I service kindergarten through 5th grade and fortunately, this includes special needs students that give all other students an opportunity to be inclusive, use social skills, build relationships and foster kindness towards all. The school's focus is to build effective habits that lead to academic success, improved school culture and learned life skills. I believe that by providing strong mental health skills, I am helping build strong, empathetic children together with our school staff.

My Project

These children books will bring to life and open discussions to social emotional learning. It is one thing to talk to students about social emotional learning, but when they can visualize it through these books, they will better understand the concepts and have good examples of how to grow.

Students are able to relate to book characters in their own unique way.

They speak differently to different students and that is the magic books bring to counseling class. The students continue to talk about the stories and characters long after the lesson and I am able to remind them of a certain character and how he/she solved her issue(s).

I am constantly looking for stories that our students can relate to and these stories are beautifully told and illustrated in children's books.

Ms. Hernández
Grades 3-5
Nearly all 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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
RA709 - Dealing with Feelings Board Book Collection • Lakeshore Learning Materials $58.50 1 $58.50
FF465 - Moods & Emotions Book Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Kindness Pack: Grades K-2 ( Exclusive) • Scholastic Magazines and Book Clubs $30.00 1 $30.00
LC732 - The Pout-Pout Fish Magnetic Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
Think Positively Large Poster Set • Teachers' School Supply $20.99 1 $20.99
BK428 - What I Like About Me! Big Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $20.99 1 $20.99
Zephyr the Llama Plush and Book Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $20.66 1 $20.66
BK167 - Say Hello! Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
BB644 - Whoever You Are Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
BK244 - A Sick Day for Amos McGee Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
AV327 - It’s Okay to Be Different Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
BK384 - Going Places Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
BK198 - Same, Same but Different Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
BK386 - Violet the Pilot Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
BK683 - Little Blue Truck Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $17.99 1 $17.99
BK243 - Hey, Little Ant Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
AT564 - Giraffes Can’t Dance Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
BK932 - The Pout-Pout Fish Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
Only One You Puppet • Kaplan Early Learning Company $9.00 1 $9.00
Ceiling Hangers Grid Clip 10/pk Kits • Teachers' School Supply $7.99 1 $7.99
Alicia Has A Bad Day • Teachers' School Supply $7.99 1 $7.99
Some Days You're the Pigeon Poster • Teachers' School Supply $3.49 1 $3.49
Bad Attitude Poster • Teachers' School Supply $3.49 1 $3.49
Bullies Poster • Teachers' School Supply $3.49 1 $3.49

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