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Ms. Dunaway from Henrico VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I See Me . . . And I Like It!: Celebrating Reality in Reading

Help me give my students the books that they need for a representation of their reality and the button maker to help them celebrate their diversity publicly.

  • $798 goal

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My Students

Our school is an academic, economic, and socially diverse school in the heart of Henrico County. Three-fourths of our students have applied for, and been accepted to, the International Baccalaureate program. The other portion of the student community filters in from nearby neighborhoods. Our library is working towards creating a flexible learning commons to support the needs of all of our students.

"We read books to find out who we are.

What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become." ~Ursula K. Le Guin

A large focus of the library program is to build lifelong learners and promote the love of reading. We have been working hard in building a collection that represents the cultural diversity of our school's population. While we have made strides in getting more books that readers can find themselves in, we are not where we want to be yet. Students want to be able to celebrate themselves, and we want to give them that opportunity.

My Project

Every day students are checking out books from the library because they love to read. They get truly excited when we have new books, however, we often hear kids asking for books with "a character like me."

We want to give students the opportunity to celebrate what makes them different.

This book list has been curated to include titles and genres that represent the diversity found within our building. Many have main characters of different ethnic backgrounds (Brown Girl Dreaming), but all feature stories that a middle school student can relate to (Sunny Side Up). We will use our button machine to allow the kids to express their inspiration and celebrate their individualism for all to see! We want these kids to get excited about reading!

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This project will reach 999 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BEAMNOVA Button Badge Maker Machine 2-1/4 inch with 1000 Button Parts and Circle Cutter • Amazon Business $195.99 1 $195.99
To Kill a Mockingbird • AKJ Education $19.70 1 $19.70
Sunny Side Up • AKJ Education $17.89 1 $17.89
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $16.13 1 $16.13
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon • AKJ Education $16.13 1 $16.13
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War American Prisoner of War • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
When the Sea Turned to Silver • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
When Dimple Met Rishi • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Unwanted • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Elle of the Ball • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Night Witches: A Novel of World War Two • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Genesis Begins Again • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Amal Unbound • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Great Greene Heist • AKJ Education $12.56 1 $12.56
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Zoe in Wonderland • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Wolf Wilder • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Best Man • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Karma Khullar's Mustache • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The House that Lou Built • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Train I Ride • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Class Action • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Superstar • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Like Vanessa • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Science of Breakable Things • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Season of Styx Malone • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Walking Home • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

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