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Ms. Betty from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Extraordinary People for Extraordinary Kids

Help me give my students diverse books about extraordinary people like; Katherine Johnson, Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson, which will give them heroes to inspire them to become extraordinary as well!

  • $362 goal

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My Students

My students hail from the community of Visitacion Valley in San Francisco, it's not only a hidden gem but it's also the last original neighborhood of San Francisco! For many of my students, English is not their first language and 100% of the students in our school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Despite the many challenges they face, my students come into my classroom full of energy and READY to learn.

My students are book-loving, avid readers, and enthusiastic learners.

Second graders have big jobs to do as readers. As a teacher, I want to foster that natural curiosity and love of learning in children and help build their confidence, by lowering their cortisol levels and providing calm learning space that prioritizes thinking over the right answers.

My Project

In the second grade, students learn the importance of individual action and character to explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in others’ lives. Reading biographies is a very effective way to see things from a different perspective.

True stories can be even more inspiring than fiction, biographies help us learn about different cultures, see life through someone else's eyes, and learn from their successes and failures.

Biographies bring children closer to different worlds with very different social contexts they may not have access to in their personal lives. The knowledge they can acquire through these reads is very diverse and extensive.

Learning about inspiring extraordinary people like Katherine Johnson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and the company puts this huge world in perspective for them. Knowing how an individual faced their problems, how they believed in themselves, how they were able to use their talents, and how they oriented their lives to impact the lives of others is a source of knowledge that helps them direct their own lives.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $11.47 1 $11.47
Bruce Lee (Little People, BIG DREAMS (29)) • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Mahatma Gandhi (Little People, BIG DREAMS (25)) • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
I am Sacagawea (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
I am Jackie Robinson (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
Mother Teresa (Little People, BIG DREAMS (18)) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Muhammad Ali (Little People, BIG DREAMS (26)) • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Anne Frank (Little People, BIG DREAMS (15)) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
I am Marie Curie (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Little People, BIG DREAMS (33)) • Amazon Business $9.28 1 $9.28
I am Helen Keller (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Before She Was Harriet • Amazon Business $8.26 1 $8.26
The Story of Frida Kahlo: A Biography Book for New Readers • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Biography Book for New Readers • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Think Big, Little One (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights • Amazon Business $4.05 1 $4.05

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