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Mrs. Cruz from Bakersfield CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Readers are Leaders

My students need interesting books about important cultural and historical events!

  • $879 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are hardworking children. My classroom is located in the heart of the Central Valley. Many of my students are English Learners as well as migrant, transient, or homeless.

Many of my students wake up at dawn and stay at school until 5:30 every evening, and, for many of my students, school is the only dependable and stable part of their lives.

These young students work hard every day to conquer the learning that is put in front of them. Their passion and commitment to learning should be an inspiration for us all!

My Project

Reading is a struggle for my students and I feel it is my responsibility to teach my students not only how to read but to discover a love for reading. I strive to find books for our guided reading and classroom library that are on various topics that students find relevant or interesting.

The students in my classroom represent many different ethnicities and I want the books in our classroom to contain characters and leaders they can relate to.

I think that if our classroom library and reading group texts reflected the cultural backgrounds of my students, they would be more willing to begin their journey of falling in love with reading. It is so vital for my students to see and learn about leaders from various backgrounds, so they too can see a leader in themselves.

The books I choose have characters and historical figures that look similar to my students, and some with cultural backgrounds that they may not be familiar with. It is my hope that the students will be able to connect to these books and discover a passion for reading that will brighten their future.

Mrs. Cruz
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lucia the Luchadora • Amazon Business $11.89 29 $344.81
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.42 7 $107.94
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.11 7 $98.77
Earthquakes: Geology and Weather (Science Readers) • Amazon Business $8.99 6 $53.94
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins • Amazon Business $5.99 7 $41.93

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