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Ms. Goicochea from Santa Cruz CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Encouraging Empathy and Representation with Inclusive Books

Help me give my students high-interest, inclusive, and anti-racist book options so that they can learn to love reading, their cultural identities, and one another.

  • $574 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are sweet, compassionate, and incredibly curious. They are eager to learn more about themselves, their history, and the world around them. These kids are courageous enough to have important conversations in the classroom. They allow themselves to be vulnerable; and therefore, allow for moving, empowering, and healing work to occur in our class community. Their zest for learning, growing, and making a difference constantly reminds me of my purpose and it inspires me every day.

Many of my students come from low-income households that are rich repositories of accumulated cultural knowledge.

They bring a special blend of background knowledge, personal life experiences, skills, and world views to our Title I school and they reflect a wide range of cultural and linguistic diversity similar to that of our urban community.

My Project

The books that have been requested for this project will support my vision to create a more inclusive classroom library that encourages my students to become life-long readers while providing them an opportunity to see themselves and others in the books we read.

Allowing my students to have access to books that mirror their experiences and shine a light on multiple and diverse perspectives is key in our work for equity.

That being said, this project contains books by BIPoC authors that portray characters who have lived similar experiences to my diverse group of students, and who think, look, and speak like them. These purposeful books will encourage my students to celebrate our differences while teaching them tolerance and acceptance of all people.

Thank you for supporting our classroom. With your donation, you are empowering my students to really see themselves, and others, in literature. Your generosity will make a difference for my students!

Ms. Goicochea
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
#ISeeMe Diversity & Inclusion Grades 6-8 (12 Books) • AKJ Education $148.98 1 $148.98
All the Stars Denied • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
All American Boys • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Long Way Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
From the Desk of Zoe Washington • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
Efrén Divided • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
All Boys Aren't Blue • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Poet X • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Ghost Boys • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Refugee • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Free Lunch • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Santiago's Road Home • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
This Book Is Anti-Racist • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Drama • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Orbiting Jupiter • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The First Rule of Punk • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Thing About Jellyfish • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
A Good Kind of Trouble • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $5.60 1 $5.60
A Long Walk to Water • AKJ Education $5.28 1 $5.28

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