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Ms. Calef from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating a Vibrant and Diverse Reading Room

My students need a diverse library to match their varied experiences and provide the array of levels needed to make meaningful gains in literacy, bean bags for student chairs, and colorful bins to organize the books.

  • $610 goal

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My Students

Spanish. Vietnamese. Khmer. Mien. Farsi. Karen. My students linguistic diversity is rivaled only by their variety of academic levels. Although the vast majority of students are reading below grade level, they all seek to leave third grade prepared to enter fourth grade at, or above, their peers.

My students are resilient and eager learners.

They arrive with empty backpacks on the first day of school, devoid of any school supplies, but filled with an excitement for new ideas. They are collaborative learners- any materials are readily shared, any strategies they learn are quickly taught to their neighbors. My students are scholars, coaches, and friends. Our school is located in an incredibly diverse part of an incredibly diverse city. My students collectively speak six languages, many will be the first in their families to go to college, and some will even be the first to complete elementary school. What they all have in common is a strong desire to learn, and express themselves.

My Project

My students are eight year-olds to be sure- their excitement for learning is most plainly seen in impromptu jumping jacks to recall multiplication facts, collages to learn division, and reading to explore their own experiences. In order to do so, we need a library that reflects the diversity of their identities, as well as their present reading abilities. The books were deliberately selected at a variety of levels. Our present library caters to where a third grader should be. It is a fantastic playground of challenges that inspires students, but is presently out of reach for many. I hope that these books will infuse a worthy dose of diverse narratives, and social emotional learning, that will inspire my students to continue to grow. In addition to books, my classroom lacks the infrastructure needed to be a supportive and open reading space. To create a friendlier and more welcoming environment, I am seeking bean bags for student chairs, and colorful bins to organize new books.

These new books will help create a selection diverse enough to match my students' varied experiences.

In creating a library that is welcoming and affirming, it will increase their investment and broaden their chances of finishing third grade prepared not only for fourth grade, but the educational challenges that remain ahead.

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

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CK20RD - Little Beanbag Seat - Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
CK20GR - Little Beanbag Seat - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
CK20BU - Little Beanbag Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Viva Frida (Morales, Yuyi) • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
Kitchen Dance • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Zero • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Stone Soup • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
A Path of Stars (Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Children's and Young Adult. Honorable Mention (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.93 1 $12.93
Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (Pura Belpre Medal Book Illustrator (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.83 1 $12.83
Four Feet, Two Sandals • Amazon Business $12.27 1 $12.27
One • Amazon Business $11.75 1 $11.75
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Niño Wrestles the World (Golden Kite Honors) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.32 1 $11.32
Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
The Dot • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
Sam and the Lucky Money • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
LX468BU - Extra Storage Bin - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99
LX468RD - Extra Storage Bin - Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99
LX468GR - Extra Storage Bin - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99
LX468YE - Extra Storage Bin - Yellow • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Abuela's Weave • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
We Are All Born Free Mini Edition: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Thunder Rose • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Encounter (Voyager Books) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26
The Hundred Dresses • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00

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