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Ms. Docca from New Bedford MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Students Deserve Diverse Books!

Help me give my students a diverse set of classroom library books like Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes, Women Who Changed the World, and other books that reflects who they are and their own identity, culture, and heritage.

  • $354 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a first year teacher, I have had he most incredible year with my students for the 2018-2019 school year yet. I knew going into this job that my students would come from a low-income, high English language learner, high poverty district, and they are faced with challenges everyday. Since meeting them they have changed my life for the better. I see how a student who looks like they are struggling on the outside is only in need of some love and attention to help their true shelf shine. When they come to my classroom, I want the chance to help them develop even more into a community of learners who are academically proficient, demonstrate strong character and exhibit self-confidence.

My Project

Some of my students earliest memories are of them leaving what they knew in their home lands to travel to America, often without all of their family members, and sometimes even without their own parents. I have students who have very recent memories of family members being deported, or they themselves having to find their way in their new country, America. School is often an escape for my students, but after spending a whole year with them it is also somewhere they feel comfortable to share their stories and they want to remember their previous countries and homes. This is why my students need a library in our classroom that reflects who they are and their own identity, culture, heritage, and ethnicity.

The books I have selected feature diverse characters that reflect the very diverse student body that I teach.

It is important that students see themselves in the books they read. It is vital that people that look like them and from cultures like theirs are in the books they read. Representation matters more than I can stress. The selection of books I have picked are from many award winning lists that feature people of all backgrounds racially, socioeconomically, and religiously that are the champions of the story, not just present in the plot-line.

I am also in need of these books so all my students can be culturally sensitive to their classmates of different backgrounds and experiences. I am hoping that these books will show these students what some of their classmates have to go through until they are ready to talk about it publicly. I am getting my students ready for hard conversations and the lives they will live in their new homes.

Ms. Docca
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
A Kid's Guide to Latino History More Than 50 Activities • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Happy in Our Skin • AKJ Education $14.39 1 $14.39
This Child, Every Child: A Book About the World's Children • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
A Ride on Mother's Back A Day of Baby Carrying around the World • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Librarian of Basra A True Story from Iraq • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
If You Lived Here Houses of the World • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
My Name Is Bilal • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Start Now! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Jabari Jumps • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
A Life Like Mine How children live around the world • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Guatemala • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Cultures Around the World - TCM# 18361 • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Armando and the Blue Tarp School • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Our Children Can Soar A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Morning Meals Around the World • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Let's Talk About Race • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Name Is Yoon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Day of the Dead / El Dia de los Muertos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Whoever You Are • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Day's Work • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
How My Family Lives in America • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
All the Colors of the Earth • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Love Saturdays y domingos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Imani's Moon • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Clothing of the World • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80

Materials cost

$266.42

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$300.42

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$53.02

Total project goal

$353.44

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$353.44

6 Donors

-$161.16

Donations toward project cost

-$151.71

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$9.45

match offer

-$174.95

Match offer toward project cost

-$148.71

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.24

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$17.32

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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