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Ms. Siefert from Schaumburg IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mirror and Window

My students need a diverse classroom library that acts as a mirror and a window so they can see themselves and the world around them.

  • $355 goal

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My Students

If I had to pick two words to describe my class I would use kind and enthusiastic. My students are naturally kind. They are constantly helping and encouraging and complimenting one another. We participate in weekly compliment circles and the students always ask for more. It warms my heart to hear how they talk to each other.

Every time I present them with a challenge they ring out in unison, "Bring it on!".

My students are excited to learn. In my classroom, we don't use the word 'test'. Instead, we call them 'knowledge checks' and it encourages them to view the assessments as an opportunity to show what they know. Anytime I announce we're taking a knowledge check my students instantly cheer. They are an enthusiastic group.

My Project

It is my responsibility to present my class with a diverse classroom library. A library should be a mirror and a window so children can see themselves and others reflected in the books they read. As I was picking the books for this project, I was thinking about each of my students.

Now, more than ever, I need to show them that their similarities bring them together and their differences make them unique.

They are so eager to learn and this is my opportunity to present them with different viewpoints. I want them to learn about the struggles and accomplishments of other cultures.

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11 donors11 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Girl Who Could Dance in Outer Space: An Inspirational Tale About Mae Jemison (The Girls Who Could) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Water Princess • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Beautiful • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
Dad and Me in the Morning • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
My Librarian is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World • Amazon Business $14.04 1 $14.04
It'S Back To School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around The World • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game • Amazon Business $13.27 1 $13.27
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
One Green Apple • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Firebird • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Viva Frida (Morales, Yuyi) • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Most People • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Moses Goes to a Concert • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Ganesha's Sweet Tooth • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mango, Abuela, and Me • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
I'm Like You, You're Like Me: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
The Drum: A Folktale from India (Story Cove) • Amazon Business $4.70 1 $4.70

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