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Ms. Harris
Grades PreK-2
  • Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School
  • Philadelphia, PA
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

Getting to Know Who We are Through READING!

My students need a library that represents them and teaches them about WHO THEY ARE!

My Students

Imagine walking up to the large building where you and your family usually go to use the playground and your mother telling you not today. Today you have to wear this uniform an these shoes and can only play at certain time. Do you know how scary that can be? Or imagine how scared it can be to have to go to school, something you have never done before or a place you have never been. Here in the heart of North Philadelphia many of our students never go to head start programs before their first day of Kindergarten.

Many of our students walk into our building on the first day with a lot of things on their minds, but as soon as our doors open they feel safe and right at home.

FDMCS is a place where kids can be kids. They learn about the world around them even, if they have never left the 8 blocks of their neighborhood. Walking through these doors kids are excited about learning not only about academics but how to handle the world around them and move pass social stereotypes about them. Our kids leave ready to change the world!

My Project

My students read for about 4 hrs in a school day. Most of the stories the students read are all about wonderful adventure and influential characters who change the world, solve a problem, or show other character traits that many of the should strive for. But many of the books do not relate to the children on a personal level. The characters are predominantly white and in some cases show the hard times that African Americans face as something that was fun or not as bad. This project will help fund a library where kids can read stories about children who look like them, come from their background, and understand their daily struggles. This library will be a place for children to grow and really feel like those things that happen in stories can really happen for them.

Your donations will give low-income students access to their history, which is an investment in their future.

By providing these books to these students, they can start their foundation in this world on PRIDE for who they are and where they come from! The books in that have been requested are books that have African American characters and/ or touch on issues that African American students face daily. These books and shelves help the students have a place where they can pick a just right book quickly and easily.

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Where Your Donation Goes

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Safco Products 5577BL Onyx Mesh Rotating Magazine Floor Stand, 30 Pocket, Black • Amazon Business $152.99 1 $152.99
In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Bird • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist • Amazon Business $17.68 1 $17.68
Donavan's Double Trouble • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro Sit-Ins • Amazon Business $16.71 1 $16.71
Fly High! The Story Of Bessie Coleman • Amazon Business $16.56 1 $16.56
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title) • Amazon Business $16.11 1 $16.11
Wings • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
How the Leopard Got His Claws • Amazon Business $15.27 1 $15.27
Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
My Friend Maya Loves to Dance • Amazon Business $15.21 1 $15.21
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story • Amazon Business $15.20 1 $15.20
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.05 1 $15.05
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County • Amazon Business $14.96 1 $14.96
Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, singer--who's that, who? Why, that's MISS Josephine Baker, to you! • Amazon Business $14.44 1 $14.44
The Great Migration: Journey to the North • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Please, Puppy, Please • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
Peeny Butter Fudge • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave • Amazon Business $13.02 1 $13.02
My Brother Charlie • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
You Can Do It! • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Through My Eyes • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
One Love • Amazon Business $12.68 1 $12.68
Harlem's Little Blackbird • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Other Side • Amazon Business $12.38 1 $12.38
Princess Truly and the Hungry Bunny Problem • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Precious and the Boo Hag (Anne Schwartz Books) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Monster Trouble! • Amazon Business $8.06 1 $8.06
Only Passing Through • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Something Beautiful • Amazon Business $7.91 1 $7.91
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Thunder Rose • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Just Us Women (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Coretta Scott • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Please, Baby, Please • Amazon Business $6.94 1 $6.94
If I Ran For President • Amazon Business $6.51 1 $6.51
Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me) • Amazon Business $6.34 1 $6.34
Daddy Calls Me Man (Richard Jackson Books (Orchard)) • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Whose Toes are Those? • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Lola Reads to Leo • Amazon Business $4.91 1 $4.91
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $4.51 1 $4.51
Full, Full, Full of Love • Amazon Business $3.46 1 $3.46

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This project will reach 28 students.

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