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Ms. Walsh from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversity Reflected in Independent Reading

My students need diverse titles in the classroom that reflect who they are and where they come from.

  • $974 goal

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My Students

My students are eager to learn and yearn for in-depth experiences in the classroom. They want to broaden their understanding of the world and need access to a modern day curriculum to compete with peers from affluent and educated backgrounds.

My objective is to provide relevant and relatable reading material so that my students are motivated in the classroom and have an opportunity to achieve their personal and academic goals.

As a teacher in a high poverty school district, our students are faced with challenges both in and out of the classroom. They come from a variety of economic backgrounds; about 55% of our 2,000 students receive free lunch and 69% are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Our ethnically diverse student body is roughly 70% Latino, 13% African American, 14% white, and about 2% Asian and Filipino. Many students have jobs after school, and a large percentage are being raised in single parent households. Despite these challenges, my students value their education. They are engaged learners and are optimistic about the future. Most want to further their education beyond high school and will thrive with guidance and support.

My Project

My students need to see themselves reflected in the books they choose to read. Students enjoy reading about things that are relevant in their lives. There are fantastic new titles available that are representative of my student body.

Books can act like both mirrors and windows on the world.

Mirrors that can reflect on students' lives, and in windows that can give them a chance to learn about someone else’s life. This type of self-reflection and opportunity to read or hear about different lives is essential for students' emotional growth. I would like to have books in my classroom that will hold their interests and keep them reading.

Students readers will often pick up a book because they are interested or identify with the subject matter. Students who read high interest titles find reading fun and begin to read for enjoyment. Helping students engage with the world through reading is a perfect way to build an academic classroom environment.

Ms. Walsh
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DEAR MARTIN • AKJ Education $13.13 9 $118.17
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • AKJ Education $13.13 8 $105.04
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $10.78 9 $97.02
All American Boys • AKJ Education $14.57 6 $87.42
Columbine • AKJ Education $13.13 6 $78.78
The 57 Bus • AKJ Education $13.13 6 $78.78
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates • AKJ Education $11.68 5 $58.40
Outliers: The Story of Success • AKJ Education $12.40 4 $49.60
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Education $9.49 5 $47.45

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