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

I Belong Here! Books That Reflect All of My Students

Help me give my students books for mirrors and windows to see themselves and reflect on the world going on around them.

  • $531 goal

This project expired on November 28, 2019.

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of kids. I teach at a school where over 60 percent of the students come from a Latino background, more than 95 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and many of our students' families have immigrated from other countries to provide more opportunities for their children and grandchildren. For many of my students, English is their second language and Spanish is the main language spoken at home. They come from homes where their parents or guardians are gone much of the time working long hours at multiple jobs to provide for their families.

My students are special, they are smart, and they carry immense potential.

But most of them are reading several grades below their grade level. When children, particularly the poorest have fallen behind in reading, the impact can last for the rest of their lives.

Some of our students have come to us from ICE detainment facilities, some are the first generation to be born in America, others have been here for generations, yet many do not see their identities represented in the literature around them.

My Project

These books will support my students in understanding that there are many ways to be a teenager in America today and to see that they belong here! Students need to see themselves and their friends in the spaces they inhabit. Providing a print-rich environment with diverse characters that represent all kinds of cultural stories will help create a sense of belonging and empowerment.

Our classroom is a diverse community of learners and books are one way I strive to make my classroom and library a more inclusive space.

Your donation will ensure there are racially and culturally diverse books in my classroom library and in our high school. Students will be able to choose from these books during their daily independent reading time. Teachers will also be able to read these books to students, further encouraging a sense of belonging.

Mrs. L.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 160 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
March: Book One (Oversized Hardcover Edition) • Amazon Business $20.39 1 $20.39
Let Me Hear a Rhyme • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Disappeared • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
Refugee • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
There's Something about Sweetie • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
The Marrow Thieves • Amazon Business $13.33 1 $13.33
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Jackpot • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
The Bridge Home • Amazon Business $12.51 1 $12.51
Don't Date Rosa Santos • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Front Desk • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.41 1 $11.41
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $11.40 1 $11.40
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Wishtree • Amazon Business $10.47 1 $10.47
Here to Stay • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Opposite of Always • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Marcelo In The Real World • Amazon Business $9.56 1 $9.56
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad) • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Wild Robot • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Love from A to Z • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Full Cicada Moon • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
The Good Braider • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
The Border • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $7.75 1 $7.75
The Odd 1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned from Growing Up • Amazon Business $7.54 1 $7.54
Anger Is a Gift: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
When I Was the Greatest • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
La Linea: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
As Brave As You • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
Scythe (1) (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $6.58 1 $6.58
The Parker Inheritance (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
Thunderhead (2) (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
The Only Road • Amazon Business $6.34 1 $6.34

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