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Ms. Castillo from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

For the Love of Reading!

Help me give my students access to critically acclaimed writing by people of color.

  • $235 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach seniors. They are full of energy and desire to end their high school careers on a positive note.

They are ready to engage in activities that push their analytical skills and prepare them for college.

In my class, my students range from those being raised by a single parent or grandparent to those with parents who have advanced degrees. Some of my students will set a new educational bar for their families by being the first to go to college and others are continuing an already established practice.

My Project

Today, we are all inundated by screens. Even in classrooms, screens dominate students' time. We use technology to disseminate information, to increase engagement, and to track student progress.

Students need a break from screens, but for that to happen, they need a compelling reason to not think about their streaks or who they are following on Instagram.

With books like Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bones or Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, I hope to give students the compelling reason they need to step into other worlds and push their understanding of the world around them.

All the books selected for this project are written by people of color. It is of utmost importance that my students see that people who look like them and can relate to their experiences developed writing that can enthrall them.

Ms. Castillo
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 89 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Poet X • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Kindred • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
Swing (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Brown Girl in the Ring • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Belles • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Pride • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry • Amazon Business $12.17 1 $12.17
An Ember in the Ashes • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Akata Witch • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Milk and Honey • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Legend • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39

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