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Ms. Hegarty from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diving Into Diversity

My students need diverse books that help them relate to the characters, making each story engaging and meaningful.

  • $845 goal

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My Students

Everyday I am amazed by my students. The progress they have made this year is truly impressive, despite the challenges they face in and out of school. With our school’s Moral Focus curriculum, and my determination to close the achievement gap, they have learned to believe in themselves enough to take initiative with their learning. Every day it is hard, and each day we see growth. I have readers that range from a first grade to a fifth grade level in my sixth grade class. I am looking into providing my students with a text rich classroom that encourages them to read, grow, and progress.

Our school hosts students from over thirty countries and I have six languages represented in my class.

While our school is Title I school, my kids come in with positive attitudes determined to create a better future for themselves. This is a crucial year in their lives for personal and academic growth. My students and I are ready to take on the challenge.

My Project

I have a wide range of learners in my classroom, so choosing text has to be strategic. There is nothing better than diving into a new book and getting lost in the setting and characters. My students come from humble backgrounds and rely on school and their teachers to supply them with the resources and books they need. I strive to fill my shelves with books that get them excited to learn and from which they can grow.

My school's strength is their diversity, six different languages are represented in my classroom!

Picture books are a great way to teach new skills. I love introducing topics such as theme, inferencing, foreshadowing and many more through picture books. These short and beautifully illustrated books help me to scaffold my teachings and allow english language learners to thrive and participate in our discussions.

My students have gone from struggling to finish one book in the beginning of the year to reading over 6,000 pages in our March Madness Reading Competition! To keep this momentum going, I need books with characters my students can aspire to.

Ms. Hegarty
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 30 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Mystery of Eatum Hall (BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $34.40 1 $34.40
Two • Amazon Business $16.30 1 $16.30
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $15.58 1 $15.58
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
Hurricane Child • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
You Go First • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.31 1 $13.31
Hidden Figures • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Petra • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
Zero • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
Breakout • Amazon Business $13.06 1 $13.06
Be Kind • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Knockout • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
One • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
This Is Not My Hat • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Escape from Aleppo • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Counting Thyme • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Hello, Universe • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Wishtree • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Parker Inheritance • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl • Amazon Business $11.10 1 $11.10
What Do You Do With a Problem? • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
March: Book One • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars • Amazon Business $9.37 1 $9.37
Invisible Emmie • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Tale Dark and Grimm • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ban This Book: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Rough-Face Girl • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Rhyme Schemer • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Wolf Hollow • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Stella by Starlight • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Crenshaw • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans • Amazon Business $6.25 1 $6.25
Hoot • Amazon Business $6.15 1 $6.15
Stargirl • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
House Arrest • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
As Brave As You • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ghost • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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