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Ms. Russell from New Haven CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Culturally Responsive Library

My students need books to develop our classroom library into one that includes themes of diversity, social justice, and equity.

  • $331 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are unique, excited learners. In our classroom, we begin each day with a fresh start and with a renewed thirst for learning. It is always exciting to see lightbulbs go off as students reach those “aha” moments. These are the moments that remind me why I went into this rewarding profession. My favorite time of day is reading time and as I wrap up teaching and small group instruction, I love sneaking pictures of my students devouring their books. My students’ love for reading allows them to temporarily leave their world for new adventures.

My Project

This DonorsChoose.org project will allow for students who are unfairly marginalized within school systems to see themselves through characters and positive figures in history that look just like them, many of which share their stories. I’m excited to serve a school community that values student voice and family input. Unfortunately, our curriculum materials don’t always reflect the variety of voices that we see in our classrooms.

A classroom library that reflects the students in the room is not a choice, but a necessity.

This alone enhances the curriculum through culturally responsive teaching. Students are more likely to show growth in reading when they can jump inside their books.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Getting Away with Murder The True Story of the Emmett Till Case • AKJ Education $19.79 1 $19.79
Chocolate Me! • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Hip Hop Speaks to Children A Celebration of Poetry With a Beat • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
A Story, A Story: An African Tale (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Lillian's Right to Vote A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Maybe Something Beautiful • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Dalia's Wondrous Hair / El cabello maravilloso de Dalia • AKJ Education $7.18 1 $7.18
Visiting Day • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Too Many Tamales • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
You Don't Even Know Me Stories and Poems About Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Follow the Drinking Gourd • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
New Shoes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! Janitor Strike In L.a. • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

Materials cost

$247.24

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.71

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$280.95

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$49.58

Total project goal

$330.53

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$330.53

3 Donors

-$230.69

Donations toward project cost

-$196.09

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$34.60

match offer

-$99.84

Match offer toward project cost

-$84.86

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.98

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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