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Ms. Allender from Phoenix AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

My Culture Matters

Help me give my students books that make connections to their lives. Diversity in our library can help to create a welcoming environment that promotes literacy.

  • $300 goal

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My Students

The majority of my students come from low income, single parent homes. Unfortunately, many of the parents are uneducated and not able to help their children develop reading skills. On the first day of school, more than 90% of the students that entered my classroom were not reading at grade level.

My students are hard working and goal oriented, they just need materials that will help them to develop the skills they need in order to achieve their academic goals.

I believe that helping our library will impact the lives of students. The library is an integral part in our students lives. A lot of our students don't have access to their own books and I want to provide students with resources.

My Project

Today's classrooms are made up of learners with diverse backgrounds. It is so important that teachers and educators help students to respect one another and make an effort to learn about each other's cultures. Stories about diversity like, “The Runaway Wok” and “Abuela’s Birthday,” teach valuable lessons of respect and understanding. Also, books like “Yard Sale” and “Those Shoes” can help students living in poverty learn that they are not alone in the world.

Quality children's books help to create a sense of tolerance and respect for other students.

By donating to this project, you will be creating a conversation within my classroom that will help students understand each other's backgrounds. This literature will help students be more kind and considerate to each other by making an effort to understand each other.

Ms. Allender
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of 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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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Yard Sale • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
The Tiger Cubs and the Chimp The True Story of How Anjana the Chimp Helped Raise Two Baby Tigers • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
If You Lived Here Houses of the World • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
It's Back to School We Go! First Day Stories from Around the World • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
P Is for Pinata • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
The Runaway Wok A Chinese New Year Tale • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Ruby's Wish • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Zombie Penpal • AKJ Education $3.63 3 $10.89
The Pot That Juan Built • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Sam and the Lucky Money • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Morning Meals Around the World • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Owl Tree • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Whoever You Are • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Your Very Own Robot • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Rose and the Lost Princess • AKJ Education $1.80 3 $5.40
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Abuela's Birthday • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
School Days Around the World • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Paris! Recipe for Adventure • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75

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