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Mrs. L. from Whiteville NC is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Precious Children: Materials Needed that Promote Racial and Cultural Awareness

The cost of paints, play people, crayons, dolls, books, and other supplies from Lakeshore Learning is $364, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $387 goal

This project expired on August 8, 2006.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Will adding skin-tone crayons make a difference in children's lives? "Yes, skin-tone crayons help a child become aware of who he is and who others are." After age 9, racial attitudes tend to stay the same unless the child has a life-changing experience. Before that, however, we have a good chance to help children develop positive feelings about their racial and cultural identity. We can also challenge the immature thinking that is typical of very young children. That's important because this type of thinking can lead to prejudice. Children develop their identity and attitudes through experiences with their bodies, social environments, and their cognitive developmental stages . As these three factors interact, young children progress through certain stages of racial and cultural awareness. Children of the age 3-5 are better at noticing differences among people. They have learned to classify, and they tend to sort based on color and size. They can't yet deal with multiple classifications, so they get confused about the names of racial groups and the actual color of their skin. Many preschool children will comment - in words or through actions - on hair texture, eye shape, and other physical characteristics. I teach students ages 3-5 in a low income school. We are in need a variety of multicultural materials that can be added to the centers in our classroom to expose our children to different races and cultures. My goal is to facilitate children's awareness that their racial identity does not change, to help them understand that they are part of a large group with similar characteristics (not "different" from everyone else) and to foster their desire to be exactly who they are. If my proposal is funded these materials will help me accomplish this goal. These materials will be use on a daily basis for many years. Thank you for considering my proposal.

Mrs. L.
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 23 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
AA200X - Lakeshore Block Play People - Complete S • Lakeshore Learning $69.50 1 $69.50
RA324 - Multicultural Board Book Collection • Lakeshore Learning $49.95 1 $49.95
DS200X - Feels Real Newborn Dolls - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $36.00 1 $36.00
LC936 - Children of the World Poster Pack • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
LC170 - People Shapes? Project Kit • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
VA252 - I Never Forget a Face Memory Game • Lakeshore Learning $12.95 1 $12.95
LC383 - People Colors? Craft Paper • Lakeshore Learning $5.95 1 $5.95
LC360 - People Colors? Crayons - Each Set • Lakeshore Learning $4.95 2 $9.90
GG351AL - Washable People Colors? Liquid Tempera - • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49
GG351GN - Washable People Colors? Liquid Tempera - • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49
GG351TS - Washable People Colors? Liquid Tempera - • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49

Materials cost

$249.62

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

3rd party payment processing fee

Fulfillment labor & materials

Total project cost

$316.73

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$69.53

Total project goal

$386.26

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$386.26

3 Donors

-$367.61

Donations toward project cost

-$317.50

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$50.11

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$19.59

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$0.00

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