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Ms. C. Derse from South Bend IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I Want To See Me In Our Classroom Library Too!

Help me give my students high quality books to start diversifying our classroom library.

  • $324 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are from the highest poverty area in our city. Providing for classroom needs is a struggle for most families, and many students have unmet needs both in and outside of the classroom. Despite this adversity, my students come to school and continue to grow in the experiences we share daily. We remind each other to be grateful for our time together, for a safe place to learn, and for being valued. We are building a community providing and learning together.

My Project

Every student wants to be heard, seen, and feel like they are represented in our schools and classrooms. I have been digging deeper into the books I have currently for student use and examining them for multicultural representation and cultural relevance. My classroom library falls embarrassingly short of reflecting our students and their diversity.

Research supports the need for all children to see themselves represented in literature, decor, learning opportunities, environments, and mentors.

My students need me to take this first step to repopulate our shelves with more relevant choices. In turn, my hope is for every student who enters my classroom to have books that mirror themselves, unfold our cultural differences in a safe way, and know they have a safe place to examine our world.

Ms. C. Derse
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Creativity Street Die Cut Dimensional Masks, 10.5-in. x 8.25-in., 40 Pack (AC4652) • Amazon Business $8.99 5 $44.95
Paper Face Cutout - 50-Pack 5.5 x 5.5-Inch Blank Paper Faces, 300 GSM Creative People Shapes for Kids Craft DIY, School Art Projects • Amazon Business $8.99 4 $35.96
Ruth and the Green Book • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $14.60 1 $14.60
Snippets: A story about paper shapes • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
Sticks • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Other Side • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Scribble Stones • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
I'm NOT just a Scribble... • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Splatter • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Clorox Glass Wipes Value Pack, Streak Free Cleaning Wipes - Radiant Clean, 32 Count Each (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
DECORA 20mm 500pc Round Wiggle Googly Eyes with Self-Adhesive • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

Materials cost

$241.61

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.62

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$275.23

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$48.57

Total project goal

$323.80

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$323.80

4 Donors

-$298.80

Donations toward project cost

-$253.98

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$44.82

match offer

-$25.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$21.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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