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Mrs. Padgett from Salisbury NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for Diverse Readers

My students need a variety of books that are diverse and multi-cultural.

  • $570 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Students are scholars at our school. We set high expectations and standards for them, and they always strive to do their best. We are located in a county that has been hit hard by job loss and companies closing down. We are a diverse school, serving scholars of various socio-economic and ethnic diversity as well as levels of academic achievement backgrounds. Despite their differences and hardships, our scholars are determined and motivated to do their best. To help them do this, I want to give them access to as many resources as I can.

Our school is a Title I school, in which over 80% of the scholars receive free or reduced lunch.

The cost of supplies can add up quickly, making it difficult for scholars and their families to obtain the supplies needed to participate in the activities planned for them.

Our teachers and faculty are dedicated to helping our students feel loved and safe. We want them to feel that it is okay to take risks and think outside the box.

My Project

There is nothing better than a well-stocked library; however, we are missing several important pieces of our classroom library. Diversity! My students crave the stories that are in diverse books encompassing many different cultures and colors. My students need to be able to identify with the characters in books, as well as see books about people in a different culture or perspective.

My students need to see themselves in the books they read.

Students should be able to read books that show familiar faces and histories. I want my students to read about important people from history, of all cultural backgrounds, religions, professions and colors. We need quality books that show diversity. These books will inspire my students to empathize with people who are different and dream bigger for themselves!

"If a child can't learn the way WE teach, maybe we should teach the way THEY learn." -Ignacio Estrada

Mrs. Padgett
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set: Books #1-7 • AKJ Education $63.46 1 $63.46
Series Sampler - All Star Sports Story (6 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $30.46 1 $30.46
Treasury of Greek Mythology Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters • AKJ Education $18.21 1 $18.21
Where the Sidewalk Ends Poems and Drawings • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Let Them Play • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.28 1 $12.28
Maya Angelou • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Wonder • AKJ Education $10.69 1 $10.69
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Hatchet • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Trojan Horse The Fall of Troy • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Isis & Osiris: To the Ends of the Earth • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Walk Two Moons • AKJ Education $5.93 1 $5.93
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Even More Parts Idioms from Head to Toe • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Frindle • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Holes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Island of the Blue Dolphins • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Borrowers • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tuck Everlasting • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
How Do Animals Adapt? • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $5.68 1 $5.68
Because of Winn-dixie • AKJ Education $5.28 1 $5.28
A Wrinkle in Time • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Love That Dog • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Indian in the Cupboard • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Stone Fox: 30th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $4.92 1 $4.92
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 1 $4.85
The Chocolate Touch • AKJ Education $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the Underground Railroad? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Sacagawea? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Amelia Earhart? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Daniel Boone? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the Great Depression? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Malala Yousafzai? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Anne Frank? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Freckle Juice • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Derek Jeter? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Jackie Robinson and the Story of All Black Baseball • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Trail of Tears • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59

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