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Mrs. Mergen from Hillsboro OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Our Restorative Justice Library

My students need books such as The Snatchabook, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, Sorry!, etc. to help them engage in discussions about what it means to be a good citizen, how to be true to themselves and how to repair harms.

  • $163 goal

This project expired on January 19, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Academic learning is vitally important; however, it is not the only learning students need to be successful. Knowing how to get along with others, maintain self-control, and fix mistakes is an integral part of being a productive member of not only our 6th grade class but also the global community.

We are one of 3 sixth grade classes in our school of just under 600 students.

We have over 50% English Language Learners, with Spanish being the predominant native language. Students here receive both free breakfast and lunch daily. They come from all walks of life, from experiencing family, home, and financial stability to homelessness and frequent familial upheaval. But, most importantly, they come to our school to learn and be cared for and learn to better care for others.

My Project

We have a dedicated time each day in our schedule that we call Restorative Justice. During that time we discuss what it means to be a good listener and friend and how to safely interrupt bullying. We will use these books to enter into conversations about how to be true to ourselves, gain and maintain friendships, and prevent bullying. My goal is that students leave my 6th grade class with the confidence to be themselves and help others.

School is about learning, but there is more to learn in life than just academics.

Learning to be actively engaged, authentic, and kind people. By building a library of literature about making good choices, being kind to others, and how to repair harm when they have caused it. I plan to encourage my students think outside themselves and improve the world around them.

Mrs. Mergen
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Snatchabook • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $12.78 1 $12.78
Sorry! • Amazon Business $12.63 1 $12.63
Trouble Talk • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Just Kidding • Amazon Business $11.10 1 $11.10
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
My Secret Bully • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others • Amazon Business $7.86 1 $7.86
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids • Amazon Business $5.77 1 $5.77
Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $5.77 1 $5.77

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