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Mrs. Burge from Elizabeth Cty NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Serve as Mirrors and Windows

Help me give my students access to diverse reading materials that act as both mirrors and windows.

  • $574 goal

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My Students

Our students come from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, and their home lives vary significantly. Several of our middle school students come from military families and more than 50% of our students receive free or reduced-priced lunch. Despite the differences in our students' home lives, they work well together in school, sports teams, and quality clubs.

Our students value reading, and we would love to improve our book collection to reflect their interests!

We are fortunate that our school library media center is a large welcoming space. We are in the process of re-branding ourselves to reflect all of the learning opportunities. Our students are eager to visit The Learning Center and many choose to volunteer their time in helping others.

My Project

Our library collection has its strengths, but it does not adequately reflect our diverse community.

As Carla Hayden of the Library of Congress so eloquently stated, "I think books are so important as windows to other worlds, but they can and should also be mirrored.

For young readers to see themselves in something important like a book, that really makes an impression."

The goal of this project is to provide diverse books to reflect our diverse student population. Specifically, we need books that can be used as windows and mirrors to honor our students of color. Our hope is that students will read these books at school as well as also at home with their families to encourage even more dialogue.

The books selected for this project were suggested by the African American Literature Book Club.

Mrs. Burge
Grades 6-8
More than half 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
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $30.74 1 $30.74
The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
March: Book Two (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $24.50 1 $24.50
The Middle Passage: White Ships / Black Cargo • Amazon Business $22.17 1 $22.17
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $21.93 1 $21.93
March: Book One (Oversized Hardcover Edition) • Amazon Business $20.39 1 $20.39
The Skin I'm In (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $19.65 1 $19.65
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.27 1 $17.27
Monster (Coretta Scott King Honor Book) • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
To Be a Slave • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Gone Crazy in Alabama • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Jazz (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
As Brave As You (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $13.76 1 $13.76
Chike and the River • Amazon Business $13.30 1 $13.30
This Kid Can Fly: It's About Ability (NOT Disability) • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
One Crazy Summer • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Through My Eyes • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
P.S. Be Eleven (Coretta Scott King Award - Author Winner Title(s)) • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Just an Overnight Guest • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29

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