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Mrs. Cuthbertson from Kannapolis NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading to Make a Difference

Help me give my students books that can serve as windows, doors, and bridges allowing them the opportunity for action and change.

  • $471 goal

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My Students

My students are high achievers who come from diverse backgrounds. In my regular education classroom I have 20 first-graders who have diverse learning needs, but for the most part they are bright, curious, hands-on learners who all love to read and be read to. Reading is an important and favorite time in our classroom.

"Children need to be able to see their race, culture, family dynamics, neighborhoods, and experiences, as well as their triumphs and tribulations, represented in books" -LLL & KK.

The goal of this project is to bring this books into our classroom library that represent all the students I teach.

My Project

After reading Laminack and Kelly's amazing book "Reading to Make a Difference" I took inventory of my classroom library to see what types of cultures, races, and family dynamics were being represented. I found that I had many holes in my library such as: unlikely friends, coping with loss, and crossing boarders.

"We must create safe spaces where students can engage in critical conversations about topic that arise in literature and life" -LLL & KK.

By filling the holes in my classroom library I will create windows and doors for my students to open and I will help them engage in critical conversations.

Mrs. Cuthbertson
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 20 students.

18 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia • Amazon Business $19.61 1 $19.61
My Yellow Balloon • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Rosie and Crayon • Amazon Business $13.64 1 $13.64
Exclamation Mark • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
Chopsticks (The Spoon Series) • Amazon Business $13.12 1 $13.12
Donovan's Big Day • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.92 1 $12.92
Rain School • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Spoon (The Spoon Series) • Amazon Business $12.61 1 $12.61
The Memory Box: A Book about Grief • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Linus The Little Yellow Pencil • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Amelia's Road • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
I'm an Immigrant Too! • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Ida, Always • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $9.21 1 $9.21
How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
The Memory String • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
A Sick Day for Amos McGee • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Mango, Abuela, and Me • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
A Day's Work • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Beatrice's Goat • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
Two Homes • Amazon Business $4.31 1 $4.31

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