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Ms. Valente from Chicago IL is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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I See Me!

Help me give my students books that reflect and value their culture and community.

  • $570 goal

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My Students

As a school with refugee services available, my classroom has a rich diversity. Over 50 languages are spoken in our school, representing several nations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America. Some of my 5th grade students have attended schools in the US for many years, while others have only recently arrived. Many had to overcome challenging situations to get to my classroom.

Ever curious about their world, my students bring a global perspective to their learning and understanding.

They have an extraordinary enthusiasm for school and an awe-inspiring respect for learning. Their varied learning experiences bring a richness to classroom work, group activities, and explorations.

My Project

Classroom libraries are places where students 'see' the world without traveling. Books allow students to learn about places, people, and shared life experiences in a safe environment with their peers. The community I teach is rich in cultural and linguistic diversity. Children need to read books that reflect their communities.

Seeing characters who look like them will make my students feel valued and included in society.

Access to these books will promote positive views of themselves. This library of books will also help my students learn about each others' cultural communites.

Ms. Valente
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mixed Me! • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Happy in Our Skin • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
When Stars Are Scattered • AKJ Education $15.32 1 $15.32
Brothers In Hope • AKJ Education $14.56 1 $14.56
Separate Is Never Equal • AKJ Education $13.99 1 $13.99
I Am Malala • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Say Her Name • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Dreamers • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Day You Begin • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
I Am Enough • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Under My Hijab • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Marisol McDonald no combina (Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match) • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The Proudest Blue • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Sulwe • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Hair Love • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Red • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Emmanuel's Dream • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Librarian of Basra • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Where Are You From? • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Just Ask! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Day the Crayons Quit • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
My Name Is Bilal • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Little Leaders • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Julián Is a Mermaid • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bee-bim Bop! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Whoever You Are • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Name Is Yoon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Under the Ramadan Moon • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Color of My Words • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sylvia & Aki • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Ling & Ting • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64

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