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Ms. Martha from Albuquerque NM is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students diverse books to read where they can see themselves.

  • $344 goal

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My Students

I am a teacher in a low income, dual-language school. My students are a diverse group of English language learners and fluent bilinguals. This group of boys and girls is learning resiliency at an early age due to many difficult family situations. A majority of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and we are lucky to have breakfast in the classroom each morning.

Our school has a high turnover rate for teachers, but the ones who stay strive to be innovative and responsive to our students' needs, both emotional and academic.

Our teachers and staff aspire to provide a warm, safe and challenging academic environment for each of its students. Teachers and students are held to high standards and need the right resources in order to meet them.

My Project

Reading opens the mind to new worlds and new ideas. Diverse books like the ones I have included in this project expose students to characters with many different backgrounds and ways of life.

For my students, seeing themselves in diverse characters will help them imagine a world beyond their daily life.

Many of my students come from turbulent home settings. Through every read aloud, shared reading and independent reading time I hope to give my students inspiration and hope for a better future regardless of their current home environment. I hope to teach them empathy as well as resiliency through these stories.

Ms. Martha
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
We Got This.: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be • Amazon Business $22.56 1 $22.56
The Adventures of Little Miss Crazy Hair: The Girl with Curl • Amazon Business $17.31 1 $17.31
Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala • Amazon Business $16.63 1 $16.63
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop • Amazon Business $16.04 1 $16.04
When Aidan Became a Brother • Amazon Business $14.31 1 $14.31
Hair Love • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Soñadores (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Say Something • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
Internment • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
A Place to Belong • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
What Does It Mean to Be American? • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
I Wish for Change: Unleashing the Power of Kids to Make a Difference • Amazon Business $12.30 1 $12.30
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $11.91 1 $11.91
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07

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