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Mrs. Holstine from Germantown MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I Can See Myself in My Classroom Library!

My students need to see themselves represented in the books in our classroom library!

  • $261 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What makes our school and students special? The students of course! They are passionate learners who show up ready to learn and be loved.

So let's not talk about the achievement gap, let's talk about the achievement potential - because my students have it!

Our school is located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Our population consists of 11.5% Asian, 30.6% African American, 26.6% Hispanic, 24.8% White, and 6.1% Multi-Race - a beautiful representation of the United States of America. Our FARMS (Free and Reduced Meals) rate is 37.9%.

My students walk through the doors every day with hope in their hearts because they know their teacher believes in them and will do all that she can to help them realize the potential they hold within. Even though they may face many obstacles, we know that they are obstacles and we will do our best and forget the rest!

My Project

Every classroom library needs to be filled with quality literature. The best way to grow readers - get them reading, reading, reading!

Students need to see themselves in the books in their classroom libraries.

They need to see what they can be, how they can be, that there are others out there just like them. These books will do just that for my students. To see a child's face light up when the characters in a book look just like them - that is one of the many miracles of teaching!

Titles from this list will be used during our daily read aloud time - the perfect way to make every student want to check it out themselves.

Mrs. Holstine
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 18 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
The Other Side • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
My Brother Charlie • Amazon Business $11.91 1 $11.91
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton • Amazon Business $11.73 1 $11.73
Hope's Gift • Amazon Business $11.05 1 $11.05
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Rosa • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48

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