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Ms. Walker from Irmo SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Find Yourself in a Story

My students need books that represent them. Each of these books shows children a whole new world of possibilities.

  • $308 goal

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My Students

Welcome to 1st grade where we explore, invent, investigate and inquire. Our students thrive on hands-on experiences that allow them to experience the world in a different way.

Our school receives Title I funding, and the majority of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch.

Dutch Fork Elementary School, Academy of Environmental Sciences, we offer a comprehensive program which includes inquiry-based, hands-on studies of the environment all around us. Our program immerses children in an environment that emphasizes discovery and exploration, collaborative study, scientific research, use of scientific tools and technology, and a strong sense of community. In addition, students have the opportunity to integrate and apply the environmental sciences in reading, math, social studies, writing, and the arts.

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My Project

Each of the books listed contains characters that are primarily African American written by African American authors. The majority of children in my classroom and school are students of color and as I looked at the books that were available for them to read, I noticed that they were filled with either white or animal characters.

Children need to see themselves in books.

They need to read books that connect with their life experiences. They need to see people that look like them. While some of these books do address segregation and civil rights, the majority reflect other aspects of life.

Children need to see themselves in books: owning pets, getting their haircut, being scientists, spending time with family. They need to learn about more than just basketball players and civil rights activists. They need to see they can be musicians and artists, authors and readers, barbers and mothers, fathers and big brothers. These books will allow new worlds to open and to simply show these children the possibilities that are available to them.

Ms. Walker
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Please, Puppy, Please • Amazon Business $15.71 1 $15.71
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $15.05 1 $15.05
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Lizard from the Park • Amazon Business $14.52 1 $14.52
I Got the Rhythm • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Firebird • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Precious and the Boo Hag (Anne Schwartz Books) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
A Night Out with Mama • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Something Beautiful • Amazon Business $7.71 1 $7.71
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Peter's Chair (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Honey, I Love • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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