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Ms. Schwartzman from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

People of Color Excel Book Club Project

We need books to drive our discussions during our P.O.C.E. meetings. The student leaders chose this book. We are going to read and discuss the book as as group.

  • $182 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

About My Students

Twelve amazing students came together to create a student-led club called People of Color Excel - P.O.C.E. Their vision is to create a safe space to discuss issues around race and challenges they face as people of color. They are a dynamic, passionate and intelligent group!

These students are all sophomore and juniors. They are certainly leaders at our school, and they are excited to use P.O.C.E. as a way to make their voices heard and to positively influence their peers.

People of Color Excel (P.O.C.E.) is a student-led club with 12 active, passionate and exceptional leaders. They want to explore issues of race through a shared book. We will be reading "Homegoing" together and discussing the book. Not only will this be beneficial from a literacy standpoint, but this will help these students learn to effectively discuss issues that are important to them. They will have to take into account the viewpoints of their peers and learn to agree and disagree respectfully.

In Their Own Words

The objective we hope to fulfill with this project is to bring attention to the movement of people of color through our works in literature and arts. We will read books and articles all pertaining to the struggles and accomplishments of our people. We want to highlight the unknown facts about our history. Reading these books will give us indirect characterization on ethnic historical figures. We will be able to visualize what their experiences and thoughts were. At the end of our semester we want to be able to change the world around little by little.

Our club will make sure that our voices our heard, despite our small number of people. We will hold mandatory big groups monthly to exhibit to the school what our club has accomplished thus far. As a student led club, we will continue to amplify the unheard voices of minorities and different cultures in our school. We will visit our school's community and different neighborhoods to make a change. As a co-president of our club, P.O.C.E., I see the importance of making a change throughout the communities and upholding a better image for people of color.

As founder and co-president of this cultural club, this is important to me because what we learn and teach others is happening in the real world. The history that we hold true is deprived and not taught to the youth. The problem we will solve within our community is sharing that history we hold true and to realize the nuance of the movements occurring during our time.

Ms. Schwartzman
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Homegoing • Amazon Business $9.41 13 $122.33

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