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Mrs. Chestnut from Lumber Bridge NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

My Diverse School Needs Diverse Books

My students need more diverse books. They need to read books by black authors. They need to read books about black kids. They need to see that people just like them have achieved amazing things.

  • $581 goal

This project expired on August 22, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school is a small middle school, serving a very diverse population made up of African-American, Native American, Latino and Caucasian students from all across the country and beyond. We serve a county that is made up at least in part by Army and Air Force personnel from Fort Bragg and Pope Air Field. Ours is a rural county and our district, while growing, still struggles for funds to put into library collections and other resources.

Some of my students are from far-flung places and are away from home.

Others grew up here, but have never left the county in which they were born. Some have no family members that have ever attended college. Some will be the first to graduate from high school, if we can get them there.

My Project

I am working to equalize my media center, for the books in the library to better reflect the student body I serve. My white students have thousands of books about people that look like them, whereas my students of color struggle to find good books about kids like them, or by authors who look like them.

It's important for a child to grow up seeing and reading about people like him or herself doing great things and being great people.

Books like these, both nonfiction and novels, are a huge step forward in encouraging students of color.

For example, The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales is a fantastic book to connect students with their roots.

Mrs. Chestnut
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 630 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $10.78 2 $21.56
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales • AKJ Education $9.49 2 $18.98
Scythe • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Remember: The Journey to School Integration • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Sachiko • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
All American Boys • AKJ Education $14.57 1 $14.57
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Saints and Misfits • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
When the Moon Was Ours • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Passion of Dolssa • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Sun Is Also a Star • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Darius & Twig • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
If I Was Your Girl • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Smell of Other People's Houses • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Uprooted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Tell Me Something Real • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
In the Shadow of Liberty • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Radiant Child • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
How It Went Down • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Freedom in Congo Square • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
As Brave As You • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Samurai Rising The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The First Part Last • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Now Is Your Time! • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
March: Book One • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Copper Sun • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
The Boy in the Black Suit • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Slam! • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sweet, Hereafter • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Elijah of Buxton • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Friendship • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Forged By Fire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Young Landlords • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Toning the Sweep • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

Materials cost

$424.09

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$33.08

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.36

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$493.53

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.09

Total project goal

$580.62

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$580.62

2 Donors

-$388.75

Donations toward project cost

-$330.44

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$58.31

match offer

-$191.87

Match offer toward project cost

-$163.09

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$28.78

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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