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Ms. Barco from E Palo Alto CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading in Spanish is Magic

My students need 30 copies of "Like water for Chocolate" in Spanish to continue enhancing their Spanish literacy skills.

  • $517 goal

This project expired on February 27, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am teaching Spanish for Native Speakers II at East Palo Alto, a city surrounded by guns and drugs where literacy is not a priority for teens. The only reading that they do, it's in the classes.

My students are from a place that used to be called the murder capital of USA.

Things are a bit better these days, still this is a very poor community where kids choose every day to come to school, go to work, join a gang, drop-out or get pregnant. There are only a few who are actually thinking about finishing high school and going attending college.

My Project

I am teaching Spanish as well as cooking. These books will help students understand the importance of cooking in literature and how food has been used as a medium to connects people through tick and thin regardless of race and culture. Also, these books will expose students to magic realism.

I remember when I was a little girl in a third world country, reading used Reader Digest with gusto every month.

I wanted to discover more and more about the world. I hope that my students develop, cultivate and maintain a passion for reading.

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

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28 donors28 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

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Como Agua Para Chocolate • AKJ Books $12.16 30 $364.80

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