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Ms. Castro from San Diego CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Biliteracy to Life Through the Art of Stories

My students need books in Spanish to develop and reinforce language acquisition. I want to make our classroom library more inviting, therefore, I have picked an area rug, bean bag chairs and floor pillows.

  • $451 goal

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My Students

I have the privilege to work with incredible human beings. My students come to school prepared and ready to learn, regardless of the hardships they may be facing. I teach at a Title I school in San Diego, with a very high immigrant population and where the entire student body receives free breakfast and lunch.

Their social and financial disadvantage does not keep them from challenging their potential and from expanding their knowledge as critical thinkers.

My fourth graders are part of a Dual Immersion Program where they learn half of the day in Spanish and the other half in English. I make it very clear that knowing and learning in two languages already puts them at a high advantage and make them feel proud of being bilingual every day!

My Project

Our lives are shaped by the experiences we have. Ideally, these experiences come in the form of traveling to a new destination that allows us to discover a new culture, food, and language. However, for students that come from a low socioeconomic status, these experiences are often only offered via literature. Therefore, having access to an expansive bilingual library can help students not only advance their reading, but more so even offer the experiences that will shape their minds and hopefully one day spark their curiosity to experience the world.

Our bilingual classroom is in need of a variety of Spanish books to help students develop rich, academic, and culturally diverse language skills and to expand their vocabularies.

Additionally, it is also a way to help them not lose interest in their primary language. Thus, having a variety of high interest books in Spanish is crucial.

I am happy to say that my students already love and enjoy literature. Yet, I would really like to see them indulge in more Spanish books. As earlier explained, this is their trial run before they go out and explore the world. So I want them to have a multitude of books to help prepare them. Finally, rest assured knowing that your donation will also help students have a peaceful and inviting space to develop language, question their thinking, and perhaps at times, allow our students with the highest needs to escape, if only for a bit through each of the lines read in the books that you will help provide.

Ms. Castro
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Joe 98-Inch Bean Bag, Limo Black • Amazon Business $35.00 2 $70.00
Diario de Nikki # 2 Cuando no eres la reina de la fiesta precisamente (Spanish Edition) (Diario De Nikki / Dork Diaries) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Rebekah - Niña Detective Libros 1-8: Divertida Historias de Misterio para Niños Entre 9-12 Años (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
El Club Secreto de Mouse Libros 1-8: Historias Divertidas para los Niños Entre 9-12 Años (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Diario de Nikki # 1 Crónicas de una vida muy poco glamurosa ( Dork Diaries) (Spanish Edition) (Diario de Nikki / Dork Diaries) • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
El único e incomparable Iván (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.04 1 $14.04
Diario de Greg # 3:¡ Esto es el colmo! (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
Wood Easels Folding Display Plate Stand Premium Quality Walnut - 5 Inch - Set of 3 Pieces • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Third Eye Export - 32 In Mandala Barmeri Large Round Floor Pillow Cover Cushion Meditation Seating Ottoman Throw Cover Hippie Decorative Zipped Bohemian Pouf (Blue) • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
Diario de Greg (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Don Quijote de la Mancha (Edición adaptada y anotada) / Don Quixote (Adapted and Annotated Edition) (Spanish Edition) (Serie Naranja) • Amazon Business $10.47 1 $10.47
El principito (Spanish) • Amazon Business $10.11 1 $10.11
La Casa en Mango Street • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Cuentos de buenas noches para niñas rebeldes (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
El Soñador: (Spanish language edition of The Dreamer) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
La Ley de Rodrick (Diario de Greg 2) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
Matilda / Matilda (Roald Dalh Colecction) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
La Edad de Oro (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
El Color de mis Palabras (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Un caso grave de rayas (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Escalofríos HorrorLandia #2: Espanto marino: (Spanish language edition of Goosebumps HorrorLand #2: Creep from the Deep) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
¡La escuela está viva!: A Branches Book (Escuela de Espanto #1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
¡El casillero se comió a Lucía! (Escuela de Espanto #2): A Branches Book (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Escalofríos HorrorLandia #11: Escape de Horrorlandia: (Spanish language edition of Goosebumps HorrorLand #11: Escape From HorrorLand) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.89 1 $4.89

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