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Ms. Foster from Seattle WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Classroom Library

My students need an organized classroom library filled with books calling their names.

  • $736 goal

This project expired on December 21, 2016.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school is located in a low-income area: 90% of my students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch. It is also an immigration hub. I have students from Samoa, Somalia, Vietnam, Mexico, and many other nations. Over 50% of my students are still learning English as a second language. Despite the barriers in their lives, my students have a zest for life and for learning. They are wise and insightful. They have grit and want to do well in life and school.

My Project

"The gift of good literature is that it begins difficult conversations." -Chinelo Okparanta

A classroom needs a library that has good literature to begin the difficult and necessary conversations about life and the world around us.

This project will provide an organized and relevant classroom library filled with diverse authors and diverse characters for students to read. Your donation will allow for students to check out books daily in their own classroom and be immersed in literature that makes them feel deeply, think deeply, and question deeply.

The books of this project were chosen because my students need to see people like them in literature, see people like them have a voice that deserves to be heard, and see people like them in positions of power and success. Good literature in the hands of fourth graders unleashes this potential.

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

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This project will reach 29 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
GG963GR - Help-Yourself Book Box - Each - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 15 $104.85
GG963YE - Help-Yourself Book Box - Each - Yellow • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.59 10 $55.90
GG963GR - Help-Yourself Book Box - Each - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $5.59 10 $55.90
JJ244 - Magnetic Display Shelves - Set of 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
As Fast As Words Could Fly • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Blackbird Fly • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Raymie Nightingale • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Marvelous Cornelius Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Land of Forgotten Girls • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Mango, Abuela, and Me • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Ruby's Wish • AKJ Education $10.39 1 $10.39
The Year Of The Rat • AKJ Education $4.55 2 $9.10
Dumpling Days • AKJ Education $4.55 2 $9.10
Lulu and the Duck in the Park • AKJ Education $9.09 1 $9.09
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea • AKJ Education $9.09 1 $9.09
Lulu and the Cat in the Bag • AKJ Education $9.09 1 $9.09
Lebron James • AKJ Education $8.42 1 $8.42
Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
A Game for Swallows To Die, to Leave, to Return • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
The Green Bicycle • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Lionel Messi A Soccer Star Who Cares • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
To Dance A Ballerina's Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $6.49 1 $6.49
Voting in Elections • AKJ Education $6.26 1 $6.26
Mango, Abuela y yo • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Gabby Douglas • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Richard Sherman • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Kevin Durant • AKJ Education $5.17 1 $5.17
Russell Wilson • AKJ Education $5.17 1 $5.17
Gaby, Lost and Found • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Pickle The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School • AKJ Education $4.54 1 $4.54
Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey • AKJ Education $4.54 1 $4.54
Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride • AKJ Education $4.54 1 $4.54
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Is Malala Yousafzai? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Barack Obama Our 44th President • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Lebron James • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
Malala Yousafzai Champion for Education • AKJ Education $3.87 1 $3.87
Malala A Hero for All • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Katie Fry, Private Eye #1: The Lost Kitten • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
I Want to Be President • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4) • AKJ Education $2.59 1 $2.59

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