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Mr. Hartzell from Pineville NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Citizens of the Community

My students need desperately to embrace other cultures while developing a curiosity for the wonders of their world! Learning China's past with books, like "Zen Ghosts," "Ancient China" and "Giant Pandas," will help promote this.

  • $189 goal

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My Students

For our 21st century learners, the world is at their fingertips. It's my job to make them want to reach out and grab it.

What can I possibly say about my students to do justice to everything they bring to the table?

They are amazingly unique, caring, and full to the brim with untapped potential. They are high-poverty at-risk 5th graders in North Carolina (95 of them). Close to half are African-American and almost half are Hispanic with many, many other cultures represented in between. Every single day I am amazed at the things they do in class, the way they treat others, and their need to be loved. They can accomplish anything, but truly know almost nothing. Primarily because of their upbringing, my students' background knowledge, reading levels, social skills, and other indicators of success later in life are extremely low. But, given the chance and the motivation, they will be successful, not just in my classroom, but forever.

My Project

The resources I am requesting may seem uninspiring, but they are truly part of a bigger picture. I am planning on bringing the world to my students and I am starting by developing the absolute best World Culture Day I can imagine at my school in June. At the forefront of this wonderful day are my 5th graders who will be learning some much needed tolerance and worldly knowledge in the meantime. This ongoing project is an attempt to bring together our school community as one. While each classroom in the school will be transforming into a country, my 5th graders are becoming experts on the entire world to be tour guides for this magnificent day. The books by Jon J. Muth are indescribable. Read Zen Shorts for yourself, then imagine a 5th grade classroom at candlelight, shadowed by a forest of bamboo. Students, many of whom need anger management and coping skills will see the world from a new perspective. One where thought and thoughtfulness, above all things, will lead to success.

The world, at least to my students, is the neighborhood they live in.

Slowly but surely, you can bring a new world to them, one they will be responsible for in the near future. By providing these amazing books, my students will see China in a new way, and can use this new found tolerance and appreciation of other cultures as a building block for future endeavors in their world. Show them your support and encouragement.

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Mr. Hartzell
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 95 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Zen Shorts • AKJ Books $7.39 3 $22.17
Zen Ties • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Zen Ghosts • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
The Three Questions • AKJ Books $13.31 1 $13.31
Les Pandas/ Endangered Pandas • AKJ Books $6.62 1 $6.62
Giant Pandas • AKJ Books $14.76 1 $14.76
Ancient China • AKJ Books $7.39 1 $7.39
Ancient China • AKJ Books $23.68 1 $23.68

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