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Mrs. Thurman from Richmond CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Class Set of Newbery Honor Book For Richmond Readers

My students need a class set of the Newbery Honor book, Blue Willow, by Doris Gates.

  • $275 goal

This project expired on November 25, 2018.

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My Students

This fourth-grade class is full of incredible students from around the world. They bring rich experiences to our classroom from their countries of birth such as Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Iraq, India, and Yemen. These students are members of a Title I urban school in Richmond, CA, a school where all students qualify for the free breakfast and free lunch program.

They are eager and happy to learn, despite exhausting social, emotional, and environmental challenges.

Their courage, strength, and excitement for learning power them through each day. Although many of my students arrive at school hungry and tired, they still jump out of their seats and race to our growing classroom library to be the first to choose a book to explore. My students are sweet, inquisitive, caring, curious, empathetic, problem solvers. These children are truly remarkable young people. They deserve the best and more.

My Project

The Newbery Honor book, Blue Willow by Doris Gates, will help teach my students fundamental reading skills while simultaneously teaching the thrills of early California history.

I have crafted an exciting, rigorous, and engaging literature/history unit for my students, but they are in need of the books.

I currently have three copies of Blue Willow and 33 students. Please help put a brand new book into the hands of these eager learners

Blue Willow tells the story of a young girl making her journey to California during difficult times. She tells of her strength as she perseveres through the challenges of poverty and migration, something my students know well. Children thrive when they can relate with material and content. Please help me give my students the opportunity to thrive with this unit and their new books!

Mrs. Thurman
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Blue Willow • AKJ Education $5.10 36 $183.60

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