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Ms. Horne from Sumter SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Null Curriculum: Let's Go Ahead and Talk About It.

Help me give my students a library that looks like them. I want my children to able to talk about real issues before they have to address them reactively.

  • $532 goal

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My Students

Students at my school are bright, inquisitive, compassionate, and creative. These are characteristics that I am actively seeking to nurture. I believe literacy presents opportunities for students to cultivate critical responses with which to sharpen their common sense, curiosity, sense of compassion, and creativity. This year, it is my intention to give them as​ many opportunities as possible to consider challenging points that continue to burden our greater community. Among these being issues on race, poverty, culture, immigration/refugees, and gender issues.

My Project

I believe having an array of children's books on sensitive topics will allow them to broach issues in ways that feel safe. I believe students should start developing critical thoughts on race, issues with class, gender, culture, immigration, and policy implementation because they are going to be talking about it and dealing with it anyway. I would like to give them the tools to develop these thoughts proactively. Beyond that, I believe literature opens a window to discourse that creates empathy we can't develop without a variety of voices. Children are bombarded with forms of literacy every day​. They experience an influx of media that has a host of fake news. It is so important they receive opportunities to create a sense of what is real.

Ms. Horne
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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Am Alfonso Jones (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $31.75 1 $31.75
March: Book Two (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $31.17 1 $31.17
March: Book Three (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $27.24 1 $27.24
March: Book One (Oversized Hardcover Edition) • Amazon Business $20.39 1 $20.39
My Strong Mind: A story about developing Mental Strength (Positive mindset series) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Lovely • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Noah Chases the Wind • Amazon Business $15.06 1 $15.06
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty (The World Around Us) • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Dreamers • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Finding Langston • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Parker Inheritance • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $9.40 1 $9.40
The Sandwich Swap • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58

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