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Ms. Burton from Saint Paul MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Developing Empathy and Resilience During Homelessness

My students need books about self-regulation, social skills, kindness, and resilience to keep learning while experiencing the trauma of homelessness.

  • $484 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Students in my kindergarten classroom are amazing learners and relish experience with eyes brightened when exposed to new learning. We are a Title One and Language Academy School, which provides our community with a diverse group of kids with diverse life experience. Often, these kids are new to our country, have limited English, or limited resources. Their amazing life experience teaches me daily and I love being able to share with them educational experiences as well. My teaching philosophy centers on helping students learn content in many ways, including art, hands-on exploration, and music. I find that engaging students in their academic standards in a real way helps them find a passionate drive to learn. I am lucky to set these kids off on their road to education and am proud to have kids leave my walls loving to learn.

When a child experiences homelessness, things are confusing and unclear.

This trauma impacts social understandings and the ability to learn, creating a gap in academic achievement and social development.

My Project

Children at this young age can benefit from regular conversations that develop empathy for others, help build resilience to trauma, and directly teach social skills that can be impacted with homelessness. The books in this project have been selected to help guide important conversations that normalize a child's experience and allow everyone to thrive while developing a strong community of kindness.

It's decisions, not conditions, that determine our destiny.

With these books on the shelves, we can help provide the opportunity to thrive for homeless students.

Ms. Burton
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Social Skills Matter!, Grades PK - 2: Social Narrative Mini-Books • Amazon Business $17.83 1 $17.83
What Should Danny Do? • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Dolphins in Trees: A Children's Book with Implications for All of Us • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
The Way I Act • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Too Much Glue • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story introducing active progressive muscular relaxation and deep breathing • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Making a Difference: Teaching Kindness, Character and Purpose • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Spoon • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
You Get What You Get (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
I Won't Give Up (Persistence Project) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Be Kind • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Only One You • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Personal Space Camp • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Making Friends Is an Art! • Amazon Business $8.66 1 $8.66
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's OK to Back Away: A Story About Managing Anger • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Listen, Buddy • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
If Everybody Did • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
Interrupting Chicken • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Of Course It's a Big Deal (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $5.16 1 $5.16
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $4.38 1 $4.38
It's Great to Be Kind (Let's Get Along!) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
It's Great to Share (Let's Get Along) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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