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Ms. Schmalbeck from Piedmont SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for Diverse Learners

Help me give my students new books about different aspects of diversity to expand their world view and foster an environment of acceptance.

  • $379 goal

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My Students

My 18 energetic second graders are filled with enthusiasm for learning about the world around them. Together, we spend our days experimenting with magnets, adventuring with our four classroom pets, and reading anything we can get our eyes on. Our elementary school is a high poverty, Title I school where all students receive free breakfast and lunch every day as well as fruit and vegetable snacks 3 days a week.

Despite their circumstances, my students never stop striving to reach new heights in all aspects of their lives!

My students come from different backgrounds and face different changes but still come to school every day eager to learn more and to discover more about the world around them! They amaze and astound me every day, and I am continually blown away by how lucky I am to have a class like mine.

Their love of learning and desire for more knowledge encourages me to be a better educator.

My Project

I strive to create a classroom environment that promotes tolerance and acceptance for all inhabitants of the earth. Books allow me to do just this. For students, books can become windows, mirrors, and doors. Books become windows because they allow students to look into other people's lives. These books can also be used as mirrors. When books are mirrors they reflect our students' lives and allow them to see that they are not alone in the world and that others share similar experiences to them. Lastly, books can be doors that open up new words and experiences. I plan on using these books to do all three of these things.

Through these books my students will be able to see themselves as well as become opened up to new experiences and ways of living.

I have created a collection of books and stories about different genders, races, socioeconomic statuses, gender identities, and family structures in the hopes that my students will be able to use them as windows, mirrors, and doors. By doing so, my students will be exposed to all different types of people and will be able to raise awareness of tolerance and acceptance among our classroom, our school, our community, and the world.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $16.26 1 $16.26
In Our Mothers' House • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Bunnybear • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
They She He Me: Free to Be! • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
One of A Kind, Like Me / Único como yo (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Love Is Love • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
The Different Dragon • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.92 1 $12.92
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Jacob's New Dress • Amazon Business $11.56 1 $11.56
A House for Everyone: A Story to Help Children Learn about Gender Identity and Gender Expression • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.27 1 $11.27
Stella Brings the Family • Amazon Business $9.72 1 $9.72
Visiting Day • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.72 1 $7.72

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