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Mrs. Butcher from Casa Blanca NM is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need books to support their learning and understanding of education and its impact on their culture and personal lives.

  • $597 goal

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My Students

Our school is located between two Native American reservations, close to two Spanish Land Grants. Our small student population consists of about 95% Native Americans and about 4% Hispanics. Despite being minority populations, these students have exceeded expectations over the past 5 years, setting the bar in our state for improvement in small high schools.

Every day, our Native American students live two lives: their Native life, and their school life.

This causes them deep struggles sometimes, but they do not give up hope. They inspire me every day with their zest for life and desire to succeed. Most of the adults in their community did not receive an education beyond high school (if that), so they push the students to do better and reach higher. These kids deserve nothing but the best in education.

My Project

I am starting a "Grow-Your-Own teachers" program at my school. This program, affiliated with a CTSO, prepares students to become teachers. The books in this project are key to helping my students learn.

When students learn about education psychology, they become prepared for education, but they also learn about themselves as people.

David Elkind is a prominent educational psychologist, and his books are crucial to this concept. After reading "The Hurried Child," students will be able to identify ways in which children are pushed beyond age-appropriate levels of development. This will cause students to discuss their own experiences (enhancing the family-like environment of my class). It will also underline the generational differences between the students and their parents, and lead to a better understanding of physical, moral, cognitive, and psychosocial development.

Upon reading "All Grown Up and No Place to Go ," students will be able to identify the stages, challenges, and needs of adolescents. Similarly to "The Hurried Child," this reading will enhance the students' knowledge and understanding of how adolescents "tick." This will be especially useful to my students who are interested in working with middle school and high school aged students.

I am particularly excited about the children's books I have requested! Children's books are very revealing of stereotypes and concepts, and drive excellent discussions. Also, reading these children's books (to themselves, and aloud) will prepare my students to volunteer in local elementary schools. My students will read them, analyze them, imitate them by creating puppet shows or by writing books of their own, and ultimately present them to young children (either through expressive read-aloud sessions, or by performing their puppet shows). This experience is going to be one of the highlights of the class!

Mrs. Butcher
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 15 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
All Grown Up And No Place To Go: Teenagers In Crisis • Amazon Business $16.99 10 $169.90
The Hurried Child, 25th anniversary edition • Amazon Business $13.70 10 $137.00
Bluebird • Amazon Business $17.31 1 $17.31
Native American Animal Stories • Amazon Business $16.26 1 $16.26
Mrs. Spitzer's Garden • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Stellaluna • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Incredible You! 10 Ways to let your greatness shine through • Amazon Business $12.76 1 $12.76
The Dot • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
Oh, Freedom!: Kids Talk About the Civil Rights Movement with the People Who Made It Happen • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem • Amazon Business $9.83 1 $9.83
I Knew You Could!: A Book for All the Stops in Your Life (The Little Engine That Could) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Baseball Saved Us • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Bucketfilling Books) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
The Very First Americans (All Aboard Books) • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

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