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Mrs. Janecek from Sunrise FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Helping My Students See Themselves in the Books They Read

Help me give my students books that have diverse main characters that represent the different cultures in our classroom.

  • $227 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach ELA and social studies to two classes of fourth graders who are eager to learn. My classroom is not just a place to learn, it is also a place where my students discover that they are able to change the world through the choices and decisions they make in their lives.

The majority of students at my school receive free or reduced-price lunch, meaning they qualify for at least part, if not all, of the cost of their meals to be paid for by the district due to low parent income at home.

Many of my students come from low-income​ homes and this can negatively impact their ability to learn successfully.

I teach readers at all reading levels - from above level, to on level, to below level. However, they all come to school wanting to learn with positive attitudes about school, no matter what is going on in their lives. They are hard workers who want to do good things with their lives and they know it starts here in the classroom.

My Project

I teach Reading and Social Studies in a school that is ethnically diverse. While I have a classroom library with many books for my students, I realized most of the books contain Caucasian main characters, and very few of my students are Caucasian. This project will provide books for my students to help them see themselves in what they read.

Sometimes, seeing a version of yourself in what you read can help inspire you to do things you may not believe you can do.

My students sometimes struggle in the classroom, and the chosen books in this project will help them see that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. These books range from fiction stories to true stories about diverse people who have done amazing things.

As we work through our 40 Book Challenge next school year, these books will be available to my students to check out, read, and hopefully see the great things they are capable of accomplishing in the real world.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
12 Brown Boys • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bud, Not Buddy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Trouble Next Door: The Carver Chronicles, Book Four • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Stef Soto, Taco Queen • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights • Amazon Business $6.42 1 $6.42
President of the Whole Fifth Grade (President Series) • Amazon Business $6.30 1 $6.30
My Name Is Maria Isabel • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

Materials cost

$160.24

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.40

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$192.64

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$34.00

Total project goal

$226.64

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$226.64

2 Donors

-$114.00

Donations toward project cost

-$96.90

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.10

Matching donations from our partners

-$112.64

Match offers toward project cost

-$95.74

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$16.90

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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