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Ms. Collins from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Please Help Me Create a Bilingual Lending Library

My students need the opportunity to read with their parents and, for many of them, this is only possible through bilingual books.

  • $620 goal

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My Students

The children I work with are from a low-income neighborhood in historic South Central, Los Angeles. They are a creative, hopeful generation of Mexican or Central-American immigrants, full of love and kindness. Although most of them are bilingual, few are bi-literate. They read in English, and their families read in Spanish.

My students need the opportunity to read and discuss texts with their parents and, for many of them, this is only possible through bilingual books.

These resilient, independent, loving, and creative young people are striving to build futures full of hope, as they become global citizens in a multiracial, multiethnic, and multilingual world. As an educator, I owe them the opportunity to grow as bi-literate citizens who celebrate their cultural heritage with equal ease in both languages.

It is a privilege to be able to spend a year teaching and learning from them.

My Project

Although more than 94% of my students are Hispanic and bilingual, few of them are bi-literate. Many of their parents only speak and read in Spanish, but my students' abilities to interpret printed text are limited to English. This realization led me to wonder how I could help families create a culture of print literacy. The obvious answer is to provide a bilingual lending library! Dual-language texts will afford my students and their families the opportunity to read and discuss books together. If my students trail their fingers under the words as they read in English, and parents do the same in Spanish, then the experience will help their family grow as bi-literate readers.

Given our current political climate, I believe that it is imperative to offer families a message of kindness and inclusivity through culturally relevant, supportive, and productive literacy experiences; and bilingual books are beneficial for everyone!

My goal is to order 49 bilingual books from AKJ Education. I will combine these with the 25 bilingual narrative and informational texts that I've already purchased. For each book, I will create a packet that contains discussion starters, retelling rubrics, and follow-up activities for each text.

This project will benefit my students because they will gain the understanding that being bilingual and bi-literate increases the depth of their insight and ability to make meaning in both languages. They will also realize that their cultural heritage is valued, respected, and part of the rich diversity that exists throughout America.

Ms. Collins
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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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 24 students.

16 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Milet Bilingual Visual Dictionary • AKJ Education $31.46 2 $62.92
The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry An Anthology • AKJ Education $18.25 2 $36.50
Red Hot Salsa Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States • AKJ Education $17.09 2 $34.18
Cinco monitos Coleccion de oro/Five Little Monkeys Storybook Treasury • AKJ Education $8.75 3 $26.25
¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes • AKJ Education $11.67 2 $23.34
Copos de nieve/Snowflakes • AKJ Education $19.45 1 $19.45
¡Eres curioso todo el tiempo!/ Curious George Curious You: On Your Way! • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Grandmother's Nursery Rhymes/Las Nanas de Abuelita • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
The Storyteller's Candle/ La Velita De Los Cuentos • AKJ Education $7.26 2 $14.52
Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
¡La verdadera historiade los trescerditos! (The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs) • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Puss in Boots/El Gato con Botas • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
Jack and the Beanstalk/Juan y los Frijoles Magicos Juan Y Los Frijoles Magicos • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
The Ugly Duckling/el Patito Feo • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
The Musicians of Bremen/Los Musicos De Bremen • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
¿Que puedes hacer con un Rebozo? (What Can You Do With A Rebozo?) • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
A Color of His Own • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Super Oscar • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Albertina Anda Arriba • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
The Cat in the Hat/El Gato Ensombrerado Bilingual Edition • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Ricitos De Oro Y los Tres Osos/ Goldilocks and the Three Bears • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
Comparte y turna (Share and Take Turns) • AKJ Education $9.09 1 $9.09
Saber y seguir las reglas (Know and Follow Rules) • AKJ Education $9.09 1 $9.09
Gansi/ Gossie • AKJ Education $3.64 2 $7.28
Animales grande y pequenos en el zoológico (Small And Big Animals At The Zoo) • AKJ Education $6.83 1 $6.83
Las Cuatro Estaciones (The Four Seasons) • AKJ Education $6.83 1 $6.83
Curious George Cleans Up Spanish/English Bilingual Edition (CGTV Reader) • AKJ Education $2.91 2 $5.82

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