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Ms. Pallas from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Recognizing Ourselves in Our Library

My students need culturally relevant books to add identity to our classroom.

  • $691 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We have some of the most AMAZING students in our school! While many face some unbelievable challenges each and every day, my kids come to school ready to learn! My students are excited about the novels we read and are excited to show off some of the unbelievable progress they have made this school year.

On any given day, you can walk into my classroom and see their hands-in-the-air, ready to share and ready to read.

They are quick to offer each other feedback and support their peers. It really is a wonderful sight to see the enthusiasm these kids have for learning!

My Project

One of the toughest challenges in helping my students select their books is helping them to find a text that they are interested in. Why is this such a challenge? Because it’s hard for my students to see themselves in the books that are available.

For far too long, middle-grade novels featured talking animals, tales of a faraway land, and protagonists that my students cannot identify with.

But over the past several years, more and more books have been written that feature main characters of different races, characters from different countries, urban settings like Brooklyn where my students have grown up, and overcoming conflicts that they overcome every day.

Why is it so important that kids “see” themselves in the novels that they read? Because it teaches kids to value themselves. It helps students to validate traits and experiences similar to theirs and to see individuals just like them overcome challenges that they themselves may be experiencing.

By adding more culturally relevant and culturally diverse books like Dear Martin and Rebound to our library, I hope to bring to my student's new role models that they can learn from.

Ms. Pallas
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 100 students.

10 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $8.21 25 $205.25
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $13.36 2 $26.72
March: Book Three • Amazon Business $12.71 2 $25.42
March: Book One • Amazon Business $11.37 2 $22.74
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $11.33 2 $22.66
Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic. Rocking Our Truth. • Amazon Business $20.40 1 $20.40
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $9.20 2 $18.40
The Poet X • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage • Amazon Business $15.68 1 $15.68
For Every One • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Black Girl Magic: A Poem • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Rebound • Amazon Business $11.46 1 $11.46
Rebound • Amazon Business $11.46 1 $11.46
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $11.44 1 $11.44
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $11.32 1 $11.32
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives • Amazon Business $9.15 1 $9.15
Three Little Words: A Memoir • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21

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