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Mrs. Toplyn from Camden NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Cultural Classroom Library

Help me give my students a classroom library that celebrates African American culture for not only the month of February but the entire school year!

  • $517 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are special because not only are the odds against us they are stacked against us. My students come in ready to learn every single day with a face of determination. My students are special because they don’t give up, our favorite saying is good, better, best, never let it rest. We’ve been working so hard to master long division in particular, this means every “free moment” we meet for rememediation I.e. during breakfast and snack time to practice the skill. Students at my school are special because they love learning. My students are special because they look forward to coming to school to learn new things. My students are special because we work as a community to reach our goals.

My Project

I would like to introduce and broaden my students knowledge on African American leaders both present and past. I want to celebrate the African American. culture through reading. My school is predominantly all African American and I want students to learn more than MLK Jr. and Rosa Parks. I want to empower students by reading relatable books.

I believe that books I have picked will start classroom discussions and allow students to spark a new interest.

I want students to feel empowered to be in the skin that they are in and understand that we are all apart of a community. In order to feel successful and like a contributor to a community we must first learn to love our unique individualities.

I intend on creating classroom projects centered around the books on the list. I plan to distribute and rotate books throughout the classroom for all students to read.

Mrs. Toplyn
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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom • Amazon Business $16.64 1 $16.64
Sulwe • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Before She was Harriet (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $14.64 1 $14.64
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Sing to the Moon • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams • Amazon Business $13.65 1 $13.65
We Came To America • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Most People • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $10.55 1 $10.55
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
My Nana and Me • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
The Undefeated • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Season of Styx Malone • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
One Word from Sophia (The Sophia Books) • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls • Amazon Business $7.43 1 $7.43
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Juneteenth for Mazie (Fiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79

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