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Mrs. Espinoza from Somerville NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Classroom Library

Help me give my students a classroom library with high-quality diverse literature. My students need literature that represents and validate their lives.

  • $711 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am a Special Education teacher of English and my classes are mostly composed of students of color from low-income households. I have always tried to make the curriculum relevant to my students, but often students struggle to independently engage with the required texts. Their dislike of literacy hindered their academic progress.

Last year, my students and I read Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

Students could not put the book down and soon enough they asked for other books that portrait the issues and characters that they encounter in their lives. Many now see themselves as avid readers. As a result, students' reading and writing skills have significantly improved over the course of the school year. My goal is to build a classroom library that meets students' diverse needs to keep them engage, strengthen their love of literature, and develop their reading skills.

My Project

My goal is to create lifelong readers by giving students access to high-quality literature that reflects personal issues. Many would call my students relucent or struggling readers. However, I believe that my students' reading skills are hindered by the lack of interest in the books they encountered throughout their academic experience. They need books that catch and hold their attention. It is important that my students have a classroom library that is suitable and reflect their personal lives. Titles like Long Way Down and The Hate U Give, examine life in neighborhoods where crime and poverty limit the opportunities offered to its community. These books validate their experiences through the characters, conflicts, and themes reflected in the literature. Adding these titles alongside the many others listed allow my students to have conversations that many avoid or are ill equip to discuss openly. I truly believe that the more my students read, the more successful they will become inside and outside of school.

Mrs. Espinoza
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $9.99 6 $59.94
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.20 3 $42.60
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) • Amazon Business $26.80 1 $26.80
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $12.91 2 $25.82
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $12.45 2 $24.90
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $12.32 2 $24.64
Refugee • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Monday's Not Coming • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $8.49 2 $16.98
In Real Life • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Speak: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Allegedly • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Through the Woods • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Pride • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Anya's Ghost • Amazon Business $9.34 1 $9.34
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars • Amazon Business $8.55 1 $8.55
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Basketball • Amazon Business $7.03 1 $7.03
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49

Materials cost

$565.53

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.48

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$604.01

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$106.59

Total project goal

$710.60

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$710.60

6 Donors

-$685.60

Donations toward project cost

-$582.76

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$102.84

match offer

-$25.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$21.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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