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Ms. Lugo from St Petersburg FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Characters Like Me

My students need some culturally responsive books that they can relate to!

  • $157 goal

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My Students

Our school is a high need, low performing school in the city of St. Petersburg. My school has 100% free or reduced lunch and we have an array of programs to help our families. Even though financial support is difficult, I always have parents who try to give as much as they can. Our students and school have its challenges but my students never give up on their big dreams. We are constantly working together to build a positive culture.

My Project

These books will become a staple in my library. The few books I have purchased on my own are already being passed around to my other students. These books encourage children to become fluent readers if they are not at the specific level of these books. This becomes a goal for them throughout the year. The books I am looking to add are Barber Game Time Books (sports-themed), Clubhouse Mysteries, Julian and Gloria books which we pull out chapters throughout the year for our curriculum already. Books have been seen as windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors. They can be used to immerse yourself in and learn about other cultures and other people. My library is full of culturally rich texts except it leaves out the culture of my students. I teach beautiful and kind children and I would love to share the joy of reading books with characters that look like them!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Clubhouse Mysteries Super Sleuth Collection: The Buried Bones Mystery; Lost in the Tunnel of Time; Shadows of Caesar's Creek; The Space Mission ... Animal Show; Stars and Sparks on Stage • Amazon Business $25.12 1 $25.12
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Red Zone (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Dancing in the Wings • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Lost in the Tunnel of Time (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.32 1 $5.32
Gloria's Way (Puffin Chapters) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Gloria Rising (Julian's World) • Amazon Business $4.69 1 $4.69
Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles, Book One • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54
Julian, Secret Agent (Julian's World) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Julian's Glorious Summer (A Stepping Stone Book) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
Julian, Dream Doctor (Stepping Stone, paper) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74

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