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Ms. Sparks from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Dual Language Equity

My students need high interest books in Spanish, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Wonder, and culturally relevant early reader titles like Lucha Libre, for the TK -1st grade students.

  • $591 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Greenleaf TK-8 school in the Oakland Unified School District that serves 645 students, predominantly Latinx and African-American, with 73% of the student body speaking Spanish as their first language. Greenleaf is annihilating the stereotypes that have historically plagued the youth of East Oakland through advocacy, accessing power by exercising voice, self efficacy, and learning techniques necessary for making meaningful and lasting change. Our students deserve the best!

As it currently stands, less than 1% of our library collection is Spanish language, but access to free-reading in a first language is a crucial component of literacy.

Every single student deserves access to books that they love, and language should not be a barrier to that!

This project is one step toward building a robust selection of Spanish language materials in the library to create equitable access for all of our students.

My Project

Greenleaf is a dual language school with 2 classes in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 1 class in 3rd grade are taught primarily in Spanish. As it currently stands, less than 1% of our library collection is Spanish language, so we do not have books to fulfill the students needs. Access to free-reading in a first language is a crucial component of literacy.

Every single student deserves access to books that they love, and language should not be a barrier to that!

This project is one step toward building a robust selection of Spanish language materials in the library to create equitable access for all of our students.

Right now, about 85% of the students at our school are testing multiple grades below grade level in literacy.

Getting them excited about reading - and keeping them excited - is essential to their success. The good news is that since our library officially reopened on October 20th, our students have checked out nearly 2000 books and their are 4 months to go! That is an astounding number when you consider our library has been closed for 4 years.

Our students have shown us that they are hungry for books - if we give them the books that they want, they WILL read them.

And if they keep reading, they will become life-long readers and scholars.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diario de Greg (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
La luz de Lucía (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Lil' Loteria: A Bilingual Picture Word Bingo Game (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.74 1 $16.74
Nina bonita (Spanish Edition) (Ponte Poronte) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
Un tesoro en las cumbres: Aprendiendo a meditar (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Hermanas (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.22 1 $14.22
Tren de invierno (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
Sonrie! (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
La coleccionista de palabras (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.09 1 $14.09
Diario de Greg # 3:¡ Esto es el colmo! (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
¿Puede pasarle a cualquiera? (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.36 1 $13.36
Dorothy: Una amiga diferente (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.02 1 $13.02
La lección de August: Wonder (Spanish-language Edition) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Lucia the Luchadora • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
El mapa de los buenos momentos (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Oso quiere volar (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Cartas en el bosque (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Margarito (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
La música del mar (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
All the Colors We Are/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Lucha Libre: Anatomy / Anatomia (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Lucha Libre: Anatomy / Anatomia (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
¡Nos vamos a Brasil!: Gol 2 (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
I Know the River Loves Me / Yo se que el rio me ama (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Counting With / Contando Con Frida (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
Zapata: Colors / Colores (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
El Soñador: (Spanish language edition of The Dreamer) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Nate el Grande: ¡Hola! (Big Nate) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Un gran equipo: Gol 1 (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
La Ley de Rodrick (Diario de Greg 2) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
¡Empieza el campeonato!: Gol 3 (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
Un Pez, Dos Peces, Pez Rojo, Pez Azul (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books (Hardcover)) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
La Catrina: Emotions/Emociones (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.53 1 $6.53
Qué cosas dice mi abuela: (Spanish language edition of The Things My Grandmother Says) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$426.67

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$39.04

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.40

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$502.11

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.61

Total project goal

$590.72

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$590.72

4 Donors

-$540.72

Donations toward project cost

-$459.61

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$81.11

match offer

-$50.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$42.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$7.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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