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Mrs. Rados from Cleveland OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I Can See Me in What I Read

Help me give my students books filled with diversity to reflect my diverse classroom.

  • $427 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world." —Nelson Mandela

My students come from many different backgrounds.

I teach ESL students within my middle school classroom representing over 15 different countries. Many of our students are transient or refugees, and we have a number of students experiencing homelessness.

I am hoping this project will help my students to continue to celebrate the diversity within themselves and to feel empowered to succeed even when experiencing tumultuous times.

My Project

These books show an array of diverse characters and situations that reflect the diverse population in my classroom. I feel it is so important that students have book choices that not only reflect on their own experiences and culture, but that can teach them about others! Having good books with great stories that have characters that look and sound like my students can not only foster a life-long love of reading, but will build their self worth to know that they are important. I hope to build up my classroom library with titles that can reflect all of my student’s diverse backgrounds.

Mrs. Rados
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 100 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
The Playbook • AKJ Education $10.94 2 $21.88
Outcasts United The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town • AKJ Education $7.29 3 $21.87
Does My Head Look Big in This? • AKJ Education $7.29 3 $21.87
He Said, She Said • AKJ Education $7.29 3 $21.87
All American Boys • AKJ Education $8.75 2 $17.50
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 3 $17.49
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Ball Don't Lie • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
I Dissent • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
We Say #NeverAgain • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
The Girl from Aleppo • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Mockingbird • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington • AKJ Education $3.64 3 $10.92
Boys Without Names • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
You Don't Even Know Me Stories and Poems About Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.38 1 $5.38

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