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Ms. Cadigan from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Challenging Books to Help us Change our World!

Help me give my students books to appropriately hold discussions about race and race history in America.

  • $543 goal

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My Students

Our school is located in a large, urban area and our student population is majority Latino. Most come from challenging neighborhoods and are categorized as low socio-economic status, but all are diligently working towards high school graduation and dreaming of a college degree. Some of my students are immigrants; many are English Language Learners, but all are working toward the best life for themselves and their families. While many teenagers are focused on driver's licenses and weekend dates, my students are concentrating on after-school jobs and scholarships. We recently moved to a vacant middle school in our district after tornadoes ripped apart our building. My students are dealing with this transition with grace, patience and resolve.

Genius, surprisingly curious, kind, innovative and thoughtful- these are the words that first come to mind when I begin to describe my students.

Though largely Latino, our population also includes a small group of African American students. Despite all these labels, what we value as a school community is each other, all our differences, all our similarities.

My Project

My students will use these texts to explore race history in the United States and hold discussions about how we can use these ideas to change the world. My students recognize that race and race relations impact so much of how we view each other and how our country works. Sometimes it doesn't seem to work as well as we would hope.

We chose these books - How to be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning - in order to have a common language for these profound discussions.

Ibram X. Kendi uncovers the foundations of race in our country and will allow my students insights other texts do not. After holding reading circles and small and whole group discussions, my students are planning to share their findings with our faculty in the form of a student panel. It is our hope that intergenerational teaching will further student/teacher rapport and foster greater understanding between groups on campus. We have included a few other items to support these efforts. The bungee chairs will add to our reading corner and we will use the button maker to encourage others on campus to read more about the topic, to build bridges and to be an Antiracist.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 999 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mophorn Button Maker Button Maker Machine Button Badge Maker 1 Inch 25mm Aluminum Frame 500 Parts Circle Cutter (500pcs 1inch) • Amazon Business $104.47 1 $104.47
How to Be an Antiracist • Amazon Business $14.79 5 $73.95
Camp Field Camping and Room Bungee Folding Dish Chair for Room Garden and Outdoor (Black) • Amazon Business $62.99 1 $62.99
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner) • Amazon Business $15.29 4 $61.16
Impact Canopy 460060060-VC, Lightweight Portable Folding Indoor and Outdoor Use, Royal Blue Web Bungee Chair • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
An African American and Latinx History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY) • Amazon Business $10.69 4 $42.76
So You Want to Talk About Race • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Workbook for How to Be an Antiracist • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Workbook for How to Be an Antiracist • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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