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Ms. Ross from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Jamaica and Friends

My students need 15 books, including "Arthur" and "Jamaica" titles and "Chrysanthemum".

  • $156 goal

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In my classroom, the theme is "YES WE CAN!". I teach a 2nd and 3rd grade Special Ed. The school is in a high-need community and a large proportion of the Special Education children are classified as "Emotionally Disturbed".

1. There were maybe 5 books in my room with African-American characters. BIG problem for about a thousand reasons. "Jamaica" is a wonderful series to remedy this problem. 2. Kids LOVE Arthur! I only had 1 Arthur book. Problem. 3. The other books are classics that teach community, self-confidence, and anger management.

Kids need to see themselves in the books they read. It is so incredibly important that characters sometimes look like them. The "Jamaica" books are so wonderful and will fill that need. With a class of only 12 students, I also want to put a big emphasis on community building--thus my theme of "YES WE CAN". All of these books have a moral to the story, and serve to further character education. Students need to be taught to share, control their emotions, and have empathy. Finally, all of these books are classics that almost all students in wealthier areas will read. When my students get to college, I want them to be able to reminisce about "Arthur" books along with their friends, and not feel left out.

My goal is to get my students on the path to college, and you can help! You will give my students books in which they can see themselves. You will give my students childhood classic. You will give my students the tools to build community and love. You will give my 12 students the chance to close the achievement gap!

Ms. Ross
Grades PreK-2
  • PS 156 Benjamin Banneker
  • Bronx, NY
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Arthur's Teacher Trouble (Arthur Adventures Series) Marc Brown, Smith, Laz, Marc Brown (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Chrysanthemum Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Arthur's Computer Disaster (Arthur Adventures Series) Marc Brown, Marc Tolon Brown (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Arthur's Tooth (Arthur Adventures Series) Marc Brown, Pfeiffer, Krapf • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Arthur Meets the President (Arthur Adventures Series) Marc Brown, Pfeiffer, Marc T. Brown • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Arthur Writes a Story (Arthur Adventures Series) Marc Brown, Robin Goldstein • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (Scholastic Bookshelf Series) Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Grace for President Kelly Dipucchio, Leuyen Pham (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Jamaica and Brianna Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Jamaica's Blue Marker Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Jamaica Is Thankful Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.00 1 $12.00
Jamaica Tag-along Juanita Havill, Anne S. C'Brien, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Jamaica's Find Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25

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