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

Heroes for February

Help me give my students access to books about heroes they have chosen from throughout history and today.

  • $598 goal

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My Students

Our students cover a full spectrum at our diverse campus. They vary in race, culture, socioeconomic status and interests. Our campus serves approximately 635 students in grades 7th through 8th who are between the ages of 12 and 14.

Ethnically, our students are approximately 87% minority with 45% being Latin American, 26% African American, and 13% Asian and Pacific Islander.

About 25% of our students are currently English Language Learners. Our special education students make up 10% of the entire site.

All of the special education students and English language learners and their parents could benefit from having access to books about parenting, a very important skill to collaborate and work together.

My Project

February is just around the corner, and we are gearing up for African American History Month. This is a student-led project. We had our class doing research and brainstorm a list of heroes and historical events that they would like to study more in-depth. Our students need to have a diverse pool of resources.

Students have chosen books about people whom they feel have important modern voices.

One of these essential voices for them was Representative John Lewis, who passed away earlier this year. My students were very moved by Representative Lewis because he was a special education student growing up much like them. They wrote his family condolence letters this year after his passing. One of my class's biggest heroes is Representative Barbra Lee. They would love to find a book that tells her story. We continue to be inspired by her stance against sending our troops to war. One of my students said, "she is preventing the killing of our other future leaders." Representative Kamala Harris is another important figure to them because she was born locally and shares a piece of their history growing up in the Bay Area.

Some of the important heroes from the past are Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. My students were very moved to see clips of both of these great men speak. Bessie Coleman and Rosa Parks were two women they felt were very important to learn about as heroines from the past. Both of these fantastic trailblazers have inspired women throughout time. Another huge hero for my students is Melba Pattillo Beals because of her support for all students and her bravery.

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Ms. Slatoff
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 69 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $24.93 1 $24.93
Activist: Portraits of Courage (Civil Rights Book, Social Justice Book, Inspirational Gift) • Amazon Business $24.56 1 $24.56
Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas • Amazon Business $21.45 1 $21.45
Heroes for Civil Rights • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Book of Awesome Black Americans: Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazing Entrepreneurs, Barrier-Breaking Activists and Afro-Futurists • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
The Autobiography of Malcolm X • Amazon Business $15.51 1 $15.51
The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $14.26 1 $14.26
Renegade for Peace and Justice: Congresswoman Barbara Lee Speaks for Me • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Becoming • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Queenie • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
Superheroes Are Everywhere • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Split History of the Civil Rights Movement: A Perspectives Flip Book (Perspectives Flip Books) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Story of Civil Rights Hero John Lewis • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for Equal Education (A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington (A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Malcolm X and the Fight for African American Unity (A Graphic History of the Civil Rights Movement) • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Bessie Coleman: Daring Stunt Pilot (Graphic Biographies) • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
Little Rock Nine (Turning Points) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Remember Little Rock: The Time, the People, the Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement (If You Were a Kid) • Amazon Business $7.61 1 $7.61
Martin's Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $7.54 1 $7.54
Child of the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
10 True Tales: Young Civil Rights Heroes • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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