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Mr. Phillips from Portland OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Please Help Me Tell The Story Of Diversity

Help me give my students an amazing story and lesson on diversity and acceptance. The book "Seedfolks," by Paul Fleischman is a great story about a vacant city lot that is transformed by the diverse community.

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My Students

My thirty students this year are a very special group. They are just getting ready to start the year and I'm looking forward to it! This group is very imaginative and inclusive when creating. I really appreciate how they are continuously looking for ways to grow and push themselves to succeed. Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of racial diversity in our classroom, but I feel it is crucial to discuss race at every level. They will start strong by learning routines and really looking out for each other. I share a lot about myself with them over the first few weeks of the year and I love the opportunity to learn a lot about them as well. I can't wait to get the year started and read this book together!

Originally constructed in 1965, Stephenson Elementary is a one-story, wood-frame building.

It is a mid-sized school with a total of 40,539 square feet. It has an average enrollment of 310 students and serves grades K-5 on an 8.9-acre campus in southwest Portland. Stephenson offers single-grade classes, two at each grade level. It has a history of high achievement, minimal discipline problems, and an amazing learning environment.

My Project

I appreciate you taking the time to look at our project. I've read this book to past classes and it is always a favorite. Unfortunately, I haven't had the funds to purchase a class set and thought this would be a great option. The book "Seedfolks," teaches us to think about others and their struggles to live in a city or diverse community.

Our school does not have a lot of racial diversity but it is a constant conversation and teaching point when I'm putting together lessons and units.

Am I reaching everyone? Is there something I missed? Have I thought about what their lives are like when they aren't at school? How can I bring diversity lessons into a classroom setting? This book right here! This story opens up so many conversations and is an overall powerful read. I really hope we are all able to hold the book in our hands this year. Thanks!

Mr. Phillips
Grades 3-5

This project will reach 30 students.

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Seedfolks • Amazon Business $6.98 30 $209.40

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