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Ms. Phelan from Indianapolis IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading to Inspire

My students need books about real life heroes including Sojourner Truth, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Robinson, and Alvin Ailey.

  • $505 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald

My students are smart, silly, creative, caring human beings.

They are black and Hispanic students living in poverty. They are in need of role models to inspire them to follow their dreams of being doctors, firefighters, veterinarians, singers, and actresses.

My Project

Together we will read the stories of black and Hispanic heroes. My plan is to read at least one or two of these books a day to my class during Black History Month. We will learn more about the lives of many people in these books, from Martin Luther King, Jr and Rosa Parks to Michael Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald. It is important to me that my students are inspired by people with similar backgrounds who have accomplished great things in life.

I feel very strongly that this project will make a difference in the lives of my young black and Hispanic students.

I believe they will be inspired by the stories of people such as Ben Carson who made it out of poverty and followed his dream to become a doctor. I want to teach my students about perseverance and never giving up on yourself and your dreams.

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

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Nelson Mandela''s Favorite African Folktales • AKJ Books $16.16 1 $16.16
Molly, by Golly! • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
If a Bus Could Talk • AKJ Books $12.34 1 $12.34
Nelson Mandela • AKJ Books $12.34 1 $12.34
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • AKJ Books $12.32 1 $12.32
Separate Is Never Equal • AKJ Books $12.32 1 $12.32
Bring Me Some Apples and I''ll Make You a Pie: A Story about • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
A Splash of Red • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Fly High! the Story of Bessie Coleman • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Salt In His Shoes Kadir Nelson, Roslyn M. Jordan • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
When the Beat Was Born • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Through My Eyes • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Harlem''s Little Blackbird • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Josephine • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
A Weed Is a Flower • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crec • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
A Sweet Smell Of Roses • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
Martin''s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • AKJ Books $11.69 1 $11.69
It Jes'' Happened • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Bad news for outlaws.. Bass Reeves • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
The Story of Ruby Bridges • AKJ Books $11.18 1 $11.18
Wangaris Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa • AKJ Books $11.05 1 $11.05
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez Kathleen Krull, Y • AKJ Books $11.05 1 $11.05
A Dance Like Starlight • AKJ Books $11.04 1 $11.04
Sojourner Truth''s Step-Stomp Stride • AKJ Books $11.04 1 $11.04
As Good as Anybody Richard Michelson, Raul Colon (Illustrato • AKJ Books $11.04 1 $11.04
She Loved Baseball • AKJ Books $11.04 1 $11.04
Fifty Cents and a Dream • AKJ Books $11.04 1 $11.04
Tuskegee''s Heroes • AKJ Books $9.74 1 $9.74
I am Jackie Robinson • AKJ Books $8.44 1 $8.44
Alvin Ailey, Vol. 1 Andrea Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrat • AKJ Books $5.19 1 $5.19
Wilma Unlimited • AKJ Books $4.55 1 $4.55
Gifted Hands, Kids Edition: The Ben Carson Story • AKJ Books $4.54 1 $4.54
Bessie Coleman • AKJ Books $3.87 1 $3.87

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