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Ms. Dunn from Philadelphia PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Build a Contemporary and Diverse Science Library!

Help me give my students current print resources to support their research of solutions for contemporary, community science issues!

  • $634 goal

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My Students

I teach in a large city at a Title I school where all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch and most of our students read far below grade level. We have a very small science department with limited supplies that we teachers often buy with our own personal funds. Many of our students often have a difficult time getting to school or staying in school with jobs and family responsibilities on top of their education requirements.

Despite all of these challenges that our students face every day, they come to school full of questions and a desire to learn about the world around them.

They bring enormous amounts of energy to discussing how science relates to their lives and can help their community. It is my job as a science teacher to give my students every support possible to help them learn and succeed no matter what kind of obstacles may stand in their way.

My Project

I am teaching a brand new science course for seniors this year that will guide students through an exploration of how science affects their current and future communities. Students will be researching topics of personal relevance and applying their findings to potential solutions for problems faced by their communities. Many students feel that science is not relevant to their lives, and my hope is that this course will help them to see that understanding science concepts can give them the power and agency to make a positive difference in the world around them.

One of the many challenges my students face is a lack of access to current, interesting, and empowering resources.

Our school does not have a library and our class only has access to a laptop cart some of the time. Even when we have a full laptop cart, there are not enough for a full class of students. These books will give my students access to information they need to be successful in their chosen inquiries. I have chosen these books because of their current information, relevance to topics of student interest, and consideration of diverse perspectives. These resources will give my students a necessary foundation for applying science concepts to address real issues that affect their lives everyday.

Ms. Dunn
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology • Amazon Business $42.95 1 $42.95
Troublesome Science: The Misuse of Genetics and Genomics in Understanding Race (Race, Inequality, and Health) • Amazon Business $26.93 1 $26.93
Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement (Indigenous Americas) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice (Urban and Industrial Environments) • Amazon Business $24.82 1 $24.82
Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom • Amazon Business $23.52 1 $23.52
Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power • Amazon Business $22.24 1 $22.24
Voices from Puerto Rico / Voces desde Puerto Rico:: Post-Hurricane Maria / pos-huracan Maria • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique • Amazon Business $19.33 1 $19.33
Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men • Amazon Business $17.70 1 $17.70
Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor • Amazon Business $17.38 1 $17.38
Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, Third Edition • Amazon Business $16.22 1 $16.22
Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care • Amazon Business $15.52 1 $15.52
American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts • Amazon Business $15.02 1 $15.02
Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop • Amazon Business $14.80 1 $14.80
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate • Amazon Business $14.44 1 $14.44
Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
The Flint Water Crisis: Systemic Racism Through the Eyes of Flint • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter (Sun Tracks) • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change • Amazon Business $10.56 1 $10.56
Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
The Battle For Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists • Amazon Business $5.77 1 $5.77

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