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Ms. Toribio from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Culturally Relevant and Gender-Balanced Classroom Library

Help me give my students a learning environment that represents all of them with culturally relevant books.

  • $989 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My school is a Title I school located in District 6 in Harlem, New York, a very diverse district. The school’s demographics consist of Hispanics, blacks, Asians, whites, and others. Furthermore, 15% of the student body are students with learning disabilities, and 86% are eligible for free lunch. The diverse nature of my students is what makes us special.

My students are a group of fearless and creative individuals with a tremendous curiosity to learn and longing drive be successful.

They are open to learning about each other's culture and different perspectives which makes our community stronger. I want to create a culturally and gender-balanced classroom library for them to engage in reading clubs and literature circles activities.

My Project

My students' diversity comes in many forms, including racial background, cultural identity, socioeconomic & housing status, home language, religion, ability & special needs, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as life experiences. Transitioning to high school from middle school can be very challenging for our students. We work hard to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. Our students arrive in the 9th grade with very low-levels in reading and social-emotional skills. They are disengaged with reading materials and lack of interest in reading independently.

I would like to create a culturally responsive classroom & gender-balanced library including books from authors that represent my students.

I believe that all students benefit from diverse and inclusive schools and classrooms.

Ms. Toribio
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Complete Bluford Series (all 20 books) • AKJ Education $80.30 1 $80.30
Uglies (4 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $38.88 1 $38.88
Sharon C. Flake (6 Books) • AKJ Education $35.13 1 $35.13
Bronx Masquerade • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Between the Lines • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
In the Country We Love My Family Divided • AKJ Education $20.44 1 $20.44
Queer, There, and Everywhere • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents • AKJ Education $14.36 1 $14.36
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $6.99 2 $13.98
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Girls Who Code • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Red Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Islandborn • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I'll Give You the Sun • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Distance Between Us • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
She Persisted Around the World • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Black Boy • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Drown • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Joy Luck Club (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Down These Mean Streets • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
Bodega Dreams A Novel • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
We Need New Names A Novel • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
The Playbook • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
I Ask the Impossible Poems • AKJ Education $10.22 1 $10.22
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $9.92 1 $9.92
Things Fall Apart: A Novel • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
The Crossover • AKJ Education $9.38 1 $9.38
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $8.78 1 $8.78
The Running Dream • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
All American Boys • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
When I Was the Greatest • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
In Darkness • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
The List • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
He Said, She Said • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Crossover: An Instructional Guide for Literature • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Does My Head Look Big in This? • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Piecing Me Together • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
145th Street: Short Stories • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Finding Miracles • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
I'm Just Me • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Night Hoops • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Travel Team • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Heat • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
True Legend • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Play Makers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Crossing the Wire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.60 1 $5.60
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59

Materials cost

$798.46

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$840.44

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$148.31

Total project goal

$988.75

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$988.75

3 Donors

-$495.00

Donations toward project cost

-$420.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.25

match offer

-$493.75

Match offer toward project cost

-$419.69

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$74.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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