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Ms. Petras from Middletown CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Desiring Diverse Books!

My students need diverse books in my library to see themselves in the books. They need to see themselves or see others in the books they read.

  • $596 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.

My students are creative, clever and very spontaneous.

They love to read and love lots of positive attention. Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day.

My Project

The students at our school come from diverse racial backgrounds. Unfortunately, our books in our library do not contain books that celebrate their backgrounds. I want students to be able to see themselves and others in the books they read.

Books such as "Muddy, The Story of the Blues Legend" and " Hanna Hashimoto, Sixth Violin" will reflect some of the students' backgrounds.

These books will give them role models to look up to and possible follow.

Our library needs to be updated. We need to challenge ourselves to have quality books for all of our students. By providing diverse books students are able to mirror themselves in the books they read which is very powerful.

Ms. Petras
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Claudia and Mean Janine: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #4) • Amazon Business $18.36 2 $36.72
Mary Anne Saves the Day: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #3) • Amazon Business $17.49 2 $34.98
Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #5): A Graphix Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $16.50 2 $33.00
Kristy's Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) • Amazon Business $15.74 2 $31.48
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $11.56 2 $23.12
Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #5): A Graphix Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix) • Amazon Business $10.06 2 $20.12
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl • Amazon Business $8.89 2 $17.78
Juan Bobo Goes to Work: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale • Amazon Business $16.83 1 $16.83
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.42 1 $15.42
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $13.31 1 $13.31
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters • Amazon Business $12.03 1 $12.03
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
School's First Day of School • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8 • Amazon Business $9.17 1 $9.17
Counting by 7s • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! It's Shoe Time! • Amazon Business $7.54 1 $7.54
Crenshaw • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63

Materials cost

$469.52

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.04

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$506.56

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.39

Total project goal

$595.95

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$595.95

8 Donors

-$462.13

Donations toward project cost

-$400.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$61.82

match offer

-$125.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$106.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.82

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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