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Dr. Christy Evans from Alcoa TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hey, Black Child: Increasing the Diversity in Our Classroom Library

My students need books with characters they can identify with and that help them understand the great things they are capable of achieving.

  • $588 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

The heart of my classroom is my students. I am a certified Reading Specialist and English as a Second Language teacher who works with language learners who are new to the country or 2nd generation immigrants. I also work with Kindergarten-2nd Grade students needing literacy intervention and enrichment services.

My students are in grades K-2, speak several languages, and represent the diversity within our country.

They speak English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, German, and Chinese. Some of my students traveled on foot with their parents from different regions in Central America in order to attend school in the United States. They are seen in 45 minute-1 hour groups during pullout intervention and enrichment blocks for RTI and ESL classes. More time spent engaged with enjoyable literacy tasks matched to their developmental needs is key to their success.

My Project

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts defines arts integration as "an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form". Using children's literature for other famous artists, my students have been able to utilize the various reading strategies that they are being taught in differentiated reading, writing, listening, and speaking tasks. They have been able to demonstrate their learning by creating their own masterpieces in the style of the artists that we are studying and writing about their thinking throughout the process.

As a Reading Specialist and an ESL Teacher in a Title I School, I work with students who come to school with limited English exposure or who are working to overcome reading deficits due to limited background building experiences.

By using high-quality children's literature about famous artists and reproductions of their artwork, I help my students develop the thinking skills that the new generation standards ask of them in our arts integrated STEM units. This project will add needed books to our classroom library that represent the contributions African Americans have given our country and add additional books to our classroom library that more of my students can identify with. Your gift will help me use my own money to purchase art supplies and additional resources for my students' STEM activities.

Dr. Christy Evans
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The 5 O'Clock Band • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Happy Hair • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
Ruth and the Green Book • Amazon Business $14.52 1 $14.52
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Rapunzel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Princess Hair • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream • Amazon Business $13.23 1 $13.23
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
Hey Black Child • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Am Loved • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Can Be Anything! Don't Tell Me I Can't • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Hip-Hop Lollipop • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon Business $11.30 1 $11.30
Big Hair, Don't Care • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Hip-Hop Alphabet • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
I Have a Dream (Book & CD) • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Amazon Business $10.42 1 $10.42
Look What Brown Can Do! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Natalie's Hair Was Wild! • Amazon Business $9.52 1 $9.52
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
When Martin Luther King Jr. Wore Roller Skates (Leaders Doing Headstands) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Celeste's Harlem Renaissance • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten • Amazon Business $7.83 1 $7.83
Dad, Who Will I Be? • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Juneteenth for Mazie (Fiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Chocolate Me! • Amazon Business $5.44 1 $5.44

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