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Mr. Margulies from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Eye See You!

My students need a class set of this amazing novel so that we can explore who we are, where we come from, and where we are going as a country and as human beings.

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My Students

Our amazing students at CSSJ come from all over the world to attend our small public school, which is located in the South Bronx of NYC. Most of our students live and work in the South Bronx, and they come to us full of energy and passion and heretofore unrealized dreams. Nearly every student in our school receives free lunch from the city, which is a shorthand way of saying that our students' families are working very hard just to stay afloat. But no matter how hard it is sometimes, our community never fails to rally together when someone is in need of support, and we pride ourselves on the closeness they have cultivated here.

I love being a teacher at CSSJ because the students and teachers are encouraged to form tight bonds that last well after graduation.

We have an advisory program called "Family Group" wherein teachers are paired with a small group of 9th graders and then follow those same students all four years until their final day with us. We believe in restorative justice and the potential that every student has to make a difference in the world. Your help would mean the world to us!

My Project

This year we are exploring how race, class, gender, and technology influence our lives in overt and hidden ways. I have taught Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye for many years, and my students have found her words to be both cathartic and galvanizing. I tried ordering individual books for each student, but that's just too expensive. So, instead, I'm going to try for a class set that my three classes can share!

My classroom is one where we are unafraid to tackle some of the most pressing and controversial issues of our time, and this year, we need your help!

We want to explore how literature can be a powerful vehicle for exploring injustice in this world, but instead of wallowing in the past, we want to then use our own words to raise awareness and help effect real change in our community.

So many students in the South Bronx feel isolated, trapped, and forgotten. But if you help fund this project, they will see that there are people out there - veritable strangers - who *do* care, who *do* have their backs, and I know that whatever we give them now will return to us a million times over.

Mr. Margulies
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) • Amazon Business $11.03 30 $330.90

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