The King students are members of the Grove Hall Community of Boston. While Grove Hall has been historically disenfranchised by the political power system of Boston, it has a legacy of self-reliance and a generational commitment to education and collective responsibility. Our students stand on the shoulders of giants, please help them reach for their future.
My students want to read books about people like them.
They deserve and need books written by authors of color that feature characters and plot lines that connect and empower their own lived experiences.
Representation Matters! We are planning to build culturally relevant independent reading libraries for every grade in our K-8 school. Our students want to read. Our readers want to be empowered to choose their own books that meet their needs and interests.
Boston Public Schools does not support Students of Color to develop positive self-consciousness by providing culturally relevant resources.
The books in our school are out of date and out of touch with our students. We recently finished a project collecting data on our classroom libraries. We found that 60% of the books in our room were published before the year 2000 and only 40% of the books were about Characters of Color. For more information about our research and to view the student's TEDx Talks, please view our padlet; https://padlet.com/jlider/jlstvbo2em67
We need better books; the students of Boston deserve books that can inform them about their multitudinous pasts and their potential futures.
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