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Mrs. Paola from Gaston OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Helping Diversity Thrive for Middle Readers!

Help me give my students a wide variety of diverse books so that diversity will thrive in our community!

  • $228 goal

This project expired on April 3, 2020.

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My Students

Our library is a K-12 library serving approximately 600 students. The staff is innovative with a strong desire to provide the most effective learning environment available to students.

Our student population consists of a high percentage of low-income families who have very little access to opportunities outside of school and our small town.

One of the great things about our school is that it has a great sense of community, thus our school is a hub for the community.

The library is where students come to discover the love of reading. Our staff strives for equity and celebrates diversity. Our library collection needs to have books that reflect all students. Each student should see themselves in the books we offer. It is our goal to create a library media center that is a haven for all readers and learners.

My Project

The books I have chosen will be added to our collection and will give middle level readers the opportunity to read, recognize, and respect, ways of life that may be different than their own. These books are highly engaging, which will encourage students to read for enjoyment, learn about others, as well as see themselves in the characters.

As students read about diverse populations, the hope is that they will gain a feeling of empathy and compassion for those who may not look, dress, speak, or believe the same.

Reading about young people going through the same problems, regardless of race, gender identity, or ethnicity helps students connect with diverse populations. I have put up displays of diverse books in our library and students have cleaned the shelves and asked for more.

Having diverse books in the library is a benefit for all readers. As they read these books, students can reflect on how differences can enhance their lives. Hopefully, this will lead to celebrating differences and treating everyone with kindness and respect.

Mrs. Paola
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Usual Suspects • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Bridge Home • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Save Me a Seat • Amazon Business $11.83 1 $11.83
The Season of Styx Malone • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Summerlost • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Parker Inheritance • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
The Length of a String • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
You Go First • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Front Desk • Amazon Business $10.25 1 $10.25
Finding Langston • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Song for a Whale • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Caterpillar Summer • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49

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