I am writing this grant for my future classrooms. I usually have around 18 students each year. I teach at a suburban school. I teach at the same school I attended Elementary School because it's a magical place, with strong community ties and pretty heavy parental involvement.
I'm writing this grant because my suburban school also happens to be mostly white.
White parents don't often feel the need to talk to their children about race, because their race often doesn't impact their child's daily life. As their educator, I feel a responsibility to teach my students to be anti-racist and not just complicit.
I'm hoping to diversify my library, but quality literature is expensive. My hope is that my students will see their faces in my books and that my white students will see learn to see other faces as equal to their own.
My project is compiled of diverse literature in hopes of exposing my mostly white students to the world outside of their suburbia. I also hope to show my students of color that I see them, I care about them, and so does the world.
I hope that by exposing these students to the importance of standing up for injustices, we can raise our next generation to be antiracist rather than complicit.
Books are expensive, but they are one of the most valuable teaching tools we have. Having rich literature available not only for read alouds, but also for the students to look and read through and see their own faces is so much more empowering than me repeating how important they each are.
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