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Ms. Steph from Portland ME is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Resilient Learners

Help me give my students books that promote health, well-being, empowerment, self-esteem, and the endless potential in all of us.

  • $336 goal

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My Students

Our school has nearly five hundred students, K-5. It’s one of the largest elementary schools in Portland, Maine. Our demographics continue to dramatically change for our students. Our children seem to be in a constant state of emergency. Many of our students are struggling with the effects of trauma due to homelessness and witnessing/experiencing various types of violence as well as substance, emotional, and physical abuse.

It is more important now than ever to help build resilience in our students through compassionate teaching.

The success of our students is dependent on providing them the social-emotional learning supports that are needed for them to flourish into healthy human beings, including self/social awareness, self-control, healthy relationships, and responsible decision-making skills.

My Project

My project is a list of carefully selected books to help support children to be resilient human beings, including building self-compassion, self-awareness, and self-esteem to support their emotional development.

I want to be a compassionate and powerful influence in helping children to develop the social-emotional skills necessary to be resilient human beings.

Fiona Flamingo is a beautifully written book that delivers the message that despite her changing color, she learns to accept not only being different from the rest of her flock but it's okay to experience a range of comfortable and uncomfortable feelings. This book is powerful in helping children to understand, accept, manage their feelings, and build resilience.

Ms. Steph
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 504 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being • Amazon Business $15.75 1 $15.75
No, No, Gnome! • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Fiona Flamingo • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
We Don't Eat Our Classmates • Amazon Business $14.37 1 $14.37
How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
The Way I Act • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Potato Pants! • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Ravi's Roar (Big Bright Feelings) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Clark the Shark • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Crankenstein • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Grumpy Monkey • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
I Can Do That: A Book on Self-Regulation (Can-Do Kids Series) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days • Amazon Business $8.03 1 $8.03
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! • Amazon Business $7.80 1 $7.80
Peaceful Piggy Yoga • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Albert Whitman Prairie Books (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $5.35 1 $5.35

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