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Ms. Jezycki from Staten Island NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building a Culturally Diverse Library

Help me give my students culturally relevant and diverse book series for book clubs.

  • $345 goal

This project expired on May 17, 2022.

This project expired on May 17, 2022.

My Students

I love my fifth graders! Our Title I school in New York City is comprised of a diverse group of students, a large majority of whom receive free lunch.

Our students are very energetic and have very different learning styles, abilities, and needs.

Many of our students have learning disabilities, and some have fallen behind since the COVID-19 pandemic.

We need to encourage both group work, especially during these times, and independent work so our students can succeed academically and socially. In order to achieve today, we want to help our students overcome the new challenges that the past year and a half have imposed upon them. To do this, we have to appeal to our students' interests by staying up-to-date with technology and literature.

My Project

Our classroom library needs culturally relevant texts that my diverse students can relate to. Often, my children cannot see themselves in the books they are reading. All of the students in my class must see themselves reflected in the books in our classroom library. The books that you will donate will provide opportunities to read "window" and "mirror" books, specifically, books in which they can learn about others as well as books in which they see themselves. Currently, our classroom library needs an infusion of books with diverse protagonists and culturally relevant themes.

Ms. Jezycki
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Friends: The Series Boxed Set: Real Friends, Best Friends, Friends Forever • Amazon Business $27.37 3 $82.11
Jason Reynolds's Track Series Paperback Collection: Ghost; Patina; Sunny; Lu • Amazon Business $17.99 3 $53.97
Merci Suárez Can't Dance (Merci Suárez) • Amazon Business $12.40 4 $49.60
Victoria Jamieson Box Set • Amazon Business $23.54 2 $47.08
The Boy at the Back of the Class • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Every Night Is Pizza Night • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40

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