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Ms. Brittany from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Build an Empowering Classroom Library!

Help me give my students books that expand their understanding of our world!

  • $771 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The day after I graduated from college, I moved across the country to teach English to a class of 4th grade students living in Dallas, TX. A place where 66% of the population live at or below the poverty line, and the poverty rate has recently increased by 42%. In Dallas, only 13% of students are graduating college ready, forcing them to become victims of the vicious cycle of systemic poverty.

These children are told by the entire world that they can’t succeed, because their intersectional identities are barriers to their success.

But, what if we started teaching these children that these labels don’t define them? What if we were able to intentionally create classroom libraries that our children can actually relate to? What if they read stories that made them feel empowered and taught them to reject societal expectations? What if we started teaching these children that they are capable of anything they set their minds to? What if these efforts made our children finally believe that they are believed in? What if that changed our whole world to be accepting and encouraging of all people?

What if that change started with critical literacy in my 4th grade classroom?

My Project

These books will empower my students to think critically about our world, our impact on the future, and they will teach them to celebrate difference. By funding this classroom library, you will be providing literature for us to read together and discuss each week during our morning meeting.

These books will make a life long impact on my students' understanding of themselves and our world!

As a first year teacher, my classroom library and available funding are extremely limited right now, so any donation means the world to me. We can't thank you enough for considering donating to our classroom!

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Raina Telgemeier Collection (A Box Set) • Amazon Business $33.36 1 $33.36
I Am Jazz • Amazon Business $11.79 2 $23.58
Tully and Me: A story about differences, understanding, and friendship • Amazon Business $17.45 1 $17.45
Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Stella Brings the Family • Amazon Business $14.34 1 $14.34
Who Are You?: The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Jamie Is Jamie: A Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Gender Wheel - School Edition: a story about bodies and gender for every body • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
Girls Can Be Anything: Stories of Women Changing The World Right Now (Girls Empowerment Book Kids) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
My Awesome Brother: A children's book about transgender acceptance • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Breathing Makes It Better: A Book for Sad Days, Mad Days, Glad Days, and All the Feelings In-Between • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Trouble Talk • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
How To Get Unstuck From The Negative Muck: A Kid's Guide To Getting Rid Of Negative Thinking • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Sonrie! (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
The Hero In The Helmet: Colin Kaepernick • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
The Hero In The Helmet: Colin Kaepernick • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Gracias a Winn-Dixie / Because of Winn-Dixie (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $11.93 1 $11.93
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Shy Ninja: A Children's Book About Social Emotional Learning and Overcoming Social Anxiety (Ninja Life Hacks) • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Introducing Teddy: A gentle story about gender and friendship • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World (Easy Reader Books, Children Around the World Books, Preschool Prep Books) • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Meh: A Story About Depression • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story About Coping with the Loss of a Parent • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $9.22 1 $9.22
El El soxf1ador (The Dreamer): (Spanish language edition of The Dreamer) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
La Casa en Mango Street • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Lucky Broken Girl • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Love Makes a Family • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Antes de ser libres (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Big Test (The Jitters Series) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
The Unteachables • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Wilma Jean - The Worry Machine • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Ban This Book • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Island of the Blue Dolphins • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
The Land of Forgotten Girls • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
Waiting for Normal • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69

Materials cost

$599.83

Vendor shipping charges

$15.96

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.00

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$654.79

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$115.55

Total project goal

$770.34

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$770.34

7 Donors

-$426.40

Donations toward project cost

-$400.15

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.25

match offer

-$299.58

Match offer toward project cost

-$254.64

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$44.94

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$44.36

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$0.00

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Project Activity

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