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Mr. Bertenshaw from Dallas TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

One Library, 50 Kids, Infinite Diversity and Growth!

Help me give my students books that represent who they are: latino/a, LGBTQ, differently-abled, multicultural, immigrants, linguistically diverse, and overflowing with creativity!

  • $398 goal

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My Students

My students are enrolled in a tuition-free, college preparatory International Baccalaureate (I.B.) World School tasking them to be future leaders and change agents of our society and planet! Many come from communities that have been historically under-served in terms of access to healthcare, food stability, and social safety nets.

Despite being under-served historically, my scholars are not “at-risk”, they are “at-potential!”

With the right books in front of them, mirroring their identities and lived experiences, there is no border they cannot cross; ceiling they cannot transcend!

My Project

“There is a direct correlation between access to books and the level of schooling children attain. Children with access to a 500-book library over the course of their childhoods benefit just as much as those growing up in homes with college-educated parents—gaining an additional 3.2 years of education on average." (Miller & Sharp, 2018).

Typically, children in low-income communities have a single book for every 300 children versus ~13 books PER CHILD in upper-middle income communities.

Book access IS educational equity!

I serve as a reading/writing teacher to nearly 50 students, many of whom are below grade level and who have spent years in the educational system exposed to the same books -- white authors, characters, and leveled readers. Access to books written by people who look like and have been in my scholars' shoes is a powerful next step in motivating children to read not because they have to, but because they want to! More reading = more growth!

Almost all of these books have been vetted by Social Justice Books for being free of bias, broadly representative of characters who are Latino/a, differently-abled, LGBTQ, migrants/refugees, Native peoples, multicultural, etc. A wide array of non-western stories and texts are also present. As an I.B. world school with a mission of broadening our scholars' worldview, this list is an essential element of not just my classroom, but our school and network's mission!

Mr. Bertenshaw
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 50 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education $9.48 2 $18.96
Ball Don't Lie • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
One Last Word • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Long Way Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The First Rule of Punk • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Yo Soy Muslim • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Let the Children March • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Patina • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Booked • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Stef Soto, Taco Queen • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Bronze and Sunflower • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Rad Women Worldwide • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Hey, Kiddo • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
A Little Piece of Ground • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
The Crossover • AKJ Education $9.38 1 $9.38
All American Boys • AKJ Education $8.75 1 $8.75
Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
We Were Here • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Hello, Universe • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Miracle's Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Locomotion • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Fat Angie • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Hush • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Kinda Like Brothers • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
A Boy Called Bat • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Growing Up Pedro • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64

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