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Ms. Paris from Phoenix AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fighting Intolerance through Literature

Help me give my students a class set of the book, "Black Like Me," so they can learn about discrimination before the Civil Rights Movement.

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My Students

I teach an extremely diverse student population from an urban area in Phoenix, Arizona. The majority of my students come from humble, hardworking families who often struggle to put food on the table. In fact, many of my students are responsible for contributing to basic household expenses such as electricity and water. Notwithstanding these challenges, I never cease to be amazed at the gratitude and energy with which these students attack their studies.

Many students aim to be the first in their family to graduate from high school or college.

They are ambitious and motivated to make the most of their public education. I'm also impressed by their creativity and desire to improve the community around them.

I could not ask for a better group of students to teach!

My Project

My Freshmen English classes will be studying the values inherent in equity and risk taking. I would like to use the segregated South and the Civil Rights Movement as a model for both ideals.

Specifically, I would like my students to study the novel, "Black Like Me," so they can better understand the role that racial discrimination played in US history and how racial relations have evolved over time.

Unfortunately, neither my school district nor my high school have sufficient copies for my students.

Please help supply my students with a class set of "Black Like Me." By helping, you can expand their young minds to be more tolerant and to better understand the importance of equality.

Ms. Paris
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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 80 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Black Like Me • Amazon Business $8.99 40 $359.60

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