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Ms. Castro from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Me Give Back to My Community - Starts With My Students

My students need "just-right-books" so they can read and understand completely and that also inspire them by relating to them culturally, ethnically, and in their hobbies.

  • $886 goal

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My Students

Everyday, my students' lives and their futures are at stake in our Oakland/Fruitvale community they are growing up in. In our classroom, literacy and writing are the keys for the future of my students to ensure they are among the first in their families to graduate from college and have a career.

My students are intelligent young women and men of color who are beating the odds every single day of what statistics about their community say about them.

They are majority English Language Learners representing cultural and ethnic backgrounds from Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam, and China. Our school and classroom is focused on community, and we strive for success every day together - because we can't get there alone - and we also strive for someone - and that is each other, our neighborhoods, and moreover our families. My students and I share a very personal cultural and familial background, and these connections have aloud us to connect achieving their dream - that they too will absolutely reach their graduation stage just like I did as the first in their family to graduate from college. They are taking the first step in 5th grade to having a strong literacy foundation to make it and have access to scholarships through high academic achievement.

My Project

My 5th grade students vary within a spectrum of low 3rd-grade reading levels to 8th grade+ level reading. At our school, Lucy Calkins' Reader's Workshop Curriculum is absolutely altering the lives of our students and we see the impact in their interest in reading. In 5th grade, our classroom library is missing essential literary resources that will spark my students' interests that will ensure they all have a "just-right-book" in front of them at all times. The book list I've created have been informed by my students reading needs but also their hobbies and more importantly bring them reflections as to who they are socially, emotionally, culturally and ethnically to support their personal development. The books I am asking for will also ensure that my students will reach our goal of growing by at least 1.5 years of reading this year and transition out of our school ready for the demands of middle school.

Literacy and writing are a high priority and provide my students an opportunity to redefine what success looks like for students growing up in Oakland.

My students know that only 1 in 20 students in Oakland will make it to college. But we've committed to being 27 out of 27 students who beat those odds. My "Class of 2025" will reach their dreams with your book donation.

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Ms. Castro
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
VR469 - 3-D Magnet Builders - Master Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $99.99 1 $99.99
Learning Resources Answer Buzzers - Set of 4 • Amazon $14.69 4 $58.76
PP278 - Classroom Supply Caddies - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $18.99 2 $37.98
The Situation Worsens • AKJ Books $28.46 1 $28.46
The Dilemma Deepens • AKJ Books $28.46 1 $28.46
Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (Max's Lucha Libre Adventures) (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon $9.76 1 $9.76
At Ellis Island • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Stargirl (Readers Circle) • Amazon $6.18 2 $12.36
Three Times Lucky • Amazon $12.26 1 $12.26
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster • Amazon $12.18 1 $12.18
Middle School: Get Me out of Here! • Amazon $11.58 1 $11.58
Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #3: The Amazing Voyage • Amazon $11.00 1 $11.00
The Return to the Kingdom of Fantasy (The Quest for Paradise) • Amazon $11.00 1 $11.00
The Kingdom of Fantasy (Geronimo Stilton) • Amazon $11.00 1 $11.00
The Dragon Prophecy (Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy, No.4) • Amazon $10.98 1 $10.98
Stink: The Absolutely Astronomical Collection: Books 4-6 • Amazon $10.77 1 $10.77
Stink: The Super-Incredible Collection: Books 1-3 • Amazon $10.77 1 $10.77
Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill • Amazon $10.39 1 $10.39
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) • Amazon $10.36 1 $10.36
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon $9.98 1 $9.98
The Amulet #3: The Cloud Searchers • Amazon $9.78 1 $9.78
The Reptile Room • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1) • Amazon $9.38 1 $9.38
The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, Book 2) • Amazon $9.38 1 $9.38
Wonder • Amazon $9.03 1 $9.03
American Born Chinese • Amazon $7.98 1 $7.98
Tangerine • Amazon $7.38 1 $7.38
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life • Amazon $6.78 1 $6.78
The Skin I'm In • Amazon $6.78 1 $6.78
Geronimo Stilton #52: Mouse in Space! • Amazon $6.18 1 $6.18
Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #2: Watch Your Tail! • Amazon $6.18 1 $6.18
Geronimo Stilton #53: Rumble in the Jungle • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
Geronimo Stilton #55: The Golden Statue Plot • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
The Karate Mouse (Geronimo Stilton, No. 40) • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
The Haunted Castle (Geronimo Stilton, No. 46) • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
Geronimo Stilton, Secret Agent (Geronimo Stilton, No. 34) • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
This Hotel Is Haunted! (Geronimo Stilton #50) • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
Dancing Home • Amazon $5.39 1 $5.39
Return to Sender • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Shooting Kabul • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Project Mulberry • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Finding My Hat • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Fashion Disaster (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #6) • Amazon $4.92 1 $4.92
The Jumping Tree • AKJ Books $4.75 1 $4.75
Sleepover Sleuths (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk (Book #7) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
LEGO Ninjago Chapter Book: Jay, Ninja of Lightning • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Case of the Sneaky Snowman (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #5) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
The Cinderella Ballet Mystery (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #4) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Pony Problems (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #3) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Scream for Ice Cream (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #2) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Felita • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
The Year Of The Rat • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Drita, My Homegirl • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
The Skirt • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Pacific Crossing Gary Soto • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Sparco Nickel Plated Call Bell, 2 3/4-Inch High, 3 3/8-Inch Base, Chrome/Black (SPR01583) • Amazon $4.13 1 $4.13
Sidewalk Story • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
LEGO Ninjago Reader #3: The Golden Weapons • Amazon $3.26 1 $3.26
LEGO Ninjago: Rise of the Snakes (Reader #4) • Amazon $3.26 1 $3.26

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