You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

 
See this teacher's page

Mrs. Lowbridge from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Hello! ¡Hola! مرحبا! 你好!Building A Multilingual Classroom Through Literacy

Help me give my students talking bilingual dictionaries in their home languages that will not only enhance their learning of English, but reinforce vocabulary within their own language, AND facilitate communication between students and their teachers.

  • $238 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom consists of 20 pre-kindergarteners. Several students have specials needs and the majority are English Language Learners with various backgrounds from different countries.

Even with such a diverse group they are still students who are naturally curious and love to explore!

Many students are new to the country and this may also be their first time in a school setting. In addition, it is possible that many have not had previous experience with classroom materials outside of basic toys and technology. Please help me to provide them with the resources that will create new, exciting experiences for them where they can make real-world connections and be proud of their accomplishments.

My Project

Over 90% of our class is made up of English-Language-Learners. Each one of those students is on a different path when developing language, in both their home language and in a new language. Some students come to school speaking fluently in both languages and speak both depending on who the listener is at school. Some students only speak their home language to family, but at school, speak English. Some students only speak their home language at school and few words in English, but eager to learn a new language. Some remain silent for periods lasting months, listening to the variety of languages around them until they feel confident in trying it themselves. Teachers who only speak English are left to find ways to communicate with their students on all of these levels by any means necessary.

Talking bilingual dictionaries can be used by both students and teachers to facilitate communication and teach new vocabulary that is kid-friendly and builds confidence.

We rely heavily on visuals, sounds, and body movements when teaching and communicating in a new language. Unfortunately, all of our resources in the classroom are provided only in English. This significantly limits the ways in which a child can pick up vocabulary in a new language. What better way to teach new words than to have a book that has pictures, has words written in their home language, and it says the words all at the same time! Teachers can use the dictionaries to have simple conversations with their students and students can feel comfortable and confident knowing that they are understood. Even better, all students will have access to a variety of languages and I can only imagine the fun they will have exploring the different ways to speak to one another!

Mrs. Lowbridge
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Mrs. Lowbridge is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BOOK CHINESE CANTONESE MY BILINGUAL DICTIONARY SE • Frey Scientific $37.84 1 $37.84
BOOK CHINESE MANDARIN MY BILINGUAL DICTIONARY SE • Frey Scientific $37.84 1 $37.84
BOOK ARABIC MY BILINGUAL DICTIONARY SE • Frey Scientific $37.84 1 $37.84
BOOK SPANISH MY BILINGUAL DICTIONARY SE • Frey Scientific $37.84 1 $37.84

Materials cost

$151.36

Vendor shipping charges

$18.16

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.27

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$201.79

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$35.61

Total project goal

$237.40

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$237.40

2 Donors

-$210.58

Donations toward project cost

-$201.79

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$8.79

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$26.82

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"New York City","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[6137929],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"NY","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":1,"name":"Early Education"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":4099752,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"https://www.donorschoose.org/project/hello-hola-building-a-multi/4099752/","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":20,"teacherScreenName":"Mrs. Lowbridge","authorIds":{"6137929":{"owner":"Mrs. Lowbridge","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[4099752],"proposalHash":"-2116333654","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"https://storage.donorschoose.net/dc_prod/images/teacher/profile/272x272/tp6137929_272x272.jpg?width=136&height=136&fit=bounds&auto=webp&t=1544555994075","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21328170,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["MTAzODUwNA==","NjEzNzkyOQ=="],"teacherId":6137929,"schoolCounty":"Kings (Brooklyn)","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"NY","name":"New York"}}