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Mrs. Staud from Hamilton OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Empathy Through Reading

Help me give my students new books for our classroom library! Allowing students to see themselves in books is very important to me! I like my students to also see others in books that they read.

  • $283 goal

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My Students

I am a teacher in a high poverty school where my students face many challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the obstacles they face, my students enjoy school. School is their safe haven, it's the constant in their life.

All students deserve the same opportunities to become successful, competent readers!

Some of the students in my classroom come from homes where learning to read is not a top priority. Meeting the child's basic needs of food and shelter takes precedence. Many of the families I service do not speak English as their first language. My students typically do not live in homes filled with books. All students deserve the opportunity to be immersed in a learning environment where reading is valued and enjoyed.

My Project

I think it's important for students to have a wide variety of book choices during independent reading time. I think it's important for students to see themselves in books as well as recognize and appreciate the differences in others. Reading about characters both alike and different than us helps to build community and empathy.

We discuss seeing ourselves and others through both windows and mirrors.

Literature is an excellent means of communicating this message to our future generations. In order to accomplish this goal, I really try to keep newly published books circulating in my classroom to keep students excited about reading each day.

Mrs. Staud
Grades 3-5
Nearly all 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
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Printable Vinyl Sticker Paper for Inkjet Printer - 8.5"x11" 20 Sheets - Matte White Printable Sticker Paper Vinyl by JANDJPACKAGING • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Sticks • Amazon Business $12.55 1 $12.55
Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray (Elements of Genius #1) • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Sweeping Up the Heart • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Best Friends • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6) • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Raid of No Return (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #7): A World War II Tale of the Doolittle Raid • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5): An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Guts • Amazon Business $9.62 1 $9.62
Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #4): A World War I Tale • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Boy-Crazy Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel #7): A Graphix Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Tales from Alcatraz) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Year of Billy Miller • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Tales from Alcatraz) • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47

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