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Ms. Eng-Tsang from Flushing NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Overcoming Poverty: Books That Illuminate Issues of Class

My students need books that illuminate issues of poverty and hunger and teach empathy and kindness.

  • $286 goal

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My Students

Our school is a health and nutrition school in a city district of New York. The school serves grades pre-kindergarten through three. We are a tight-knit school where the students love to be in school. The students need fun and engaging activities to foster their love of learning at a young age.

Many of them may not have access to these experiences at home, so I want to provide that for them in the classroom.

Many of my students come from immigrant homes where English is not the first language. This has not hindered their enthusiasm and curiosities. They have questions and ideas but are always in need of resources for inspiration and reference.

My Project

Reading stories and talking about them is one of the best ways to challenge stereotypes and feel valued. Many of the students in my school receive free lunch and many live at or below the poverty line. Yet, the books we read are about children whose lives are vastly different from my students. They don't feel connected to the story and more importantly, they don't feel valued.

It's important that children connect to the stories they read and read stories about overcoming the complex issues of life.

I want my students to be inspired and moved by the stories they read. I want them to feel connected to characters and experiences in books and understand that not only are they not alone, but that they can overcome!

Ms. Eng-Tsang
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Forever or a Day • Amazon Business $15.83 1 $15.83
Maddi's Fridge • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough (CitizenKid) • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Love • Amazon Business $14.76 1 $14.76
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Steps and Stones: An Anh's Anger Story • Amazon Business $13.28 1 $13.28
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
A Bike Like Sergio's (A Junior Library Guild Selection) • Amazon Business $13.07 1 $13.07
Come With Me • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Lila and the Crow • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
Lily and the Paper Man • Amazon Business $8.04 1 $8.04
The Can Man • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Yard Sale • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $6.41 1 $6.41

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