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Ms. Shields
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Books With Diversity

Help me give my students a diverse selection of books to relate to!

My Students

My students are sweet and diverse. Unlike the other middle school in our district, our kids come mostly from poverty. As teachers here, we know that we must provide the majority of the supplies we require and use for our lessons. Many of my kids will eat their only meal of the day here (free lunch/ teacher-funded pantries).

I am a second-year teacher, and I want to change the stigma around our school.

I want my kids to see their value because it's incredible!

My Project

The English teachers in my school face two major obstacles when it comes to reading. The first is making it enjoyable for the kids and the second is giving them access to a diverse library of books. The books I had to offer on the first day of my first year (last year) did not represent my students of color, my sweet LGBTQ students, those with disabilities, and those facing difficulties with mental health. While I'm desperate to change that, buying books for my classroom is a luxury that must come after notebooks, pencils, paper, etc.

I believe that once they start seeing themselves in the characters they read about, everything else will fall into place.

Having someone to relate to is incredibly powerful and will have a lasting impact on kiddos for years to come.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $13.15 2 $26.30
The Running Dream • Amazon Business $14.64 1 $14.64
They Called Us Enemy • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Influence (Influence Series) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Awareness: Book Two in the Influence Series • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Internment • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Swing (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.93 1 $11.93
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
The Boy in the Black Suit • Amazon Business $10.02 1 $10.02
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Girl Last Seen: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
The Hazel Wood: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.91 1 $7.91
Fresh Ink: An Anthology • Amazon Business $7.81 1 $7.81
Be More Chill (Broadway Tie-In) • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
He Said, She Said • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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This project will reach 183 students.

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