You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

  • $470 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. M.
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Red Hot Salsa! Celebrating Our Heritage

My students need 1 copy of 30+ titles, from "Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States" to "Josefina: An American Girl".

My Mexican-American and Vietnamese-American students are the apple of my eye. However, they are struggling with the issues of their own cultural identity. They do not yet understand how to be proud of who they are and where they came from.

These magnificent students have not had a chance to examine their own cultural complexities. They have not had the access to excellent novels that show them the struggles and the celebrations of their own culture.

In a time in their lives when social pressures are so difficult to stand up to, these students need reading that will clarify for them their cultural heritage and where they have come from. These books will enrich their minds and fill their hearts with an increased sense of community and cultural awareness.

You can provide the means for these students to grasp their culture and stand up to social pressures that surround them more and more every day. As a donor to this project, you will place powerful literature written by Mexican-Americans and Vietnamese-Americans who have struggled with social challenges and who have overcome these challenges so that they might understand and celebrate their heritage. You can provide words that will grab my students' attention and make them think about who they are, where they came from, and where they want to go in their lives.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Baseball in April and Other Stories Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.40 1 $5.40
Living Up the Street Gary Soto, Strawberry Hill Press • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
A Summer Life Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Accidental Love Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The Skirt Gary Soto, Soto Gary, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Hundred Dresses Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator), Foreword by Helena Estes • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Skin I'm In Sharon G. Flake, Tk (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People David J. Smith, Shelagh Armstrong (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Sahara Special Esme Raji Codell • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
And Now Miguel Joseph Krumgold, Jean Charlot (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.73 1 $12.73
...And Now Miguel Joseph Krumgold, Jean Charlot (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Call Me Maria Judith Ortiz Cofer • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Call Me Consuelo Ofelia Dumas Lachtman • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Goodbye, Vietnam Gloria Whelan • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
Lotus Seed Sherry Garland, Tatsuro Kiuchi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 6 $37.80
Pele James Buckley • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
S.O.R. Losers Avi • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Color of My Words Lynn Joseph • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Any Small Goodness: A Novel Of The Barrio Tony Johnston, Raul Colon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Becoming Naomi Leon Pam Munoz Ryan • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection F. Isabel Campoy, Alma Flor Ada, Felipe Davalos (Illustrator), Vivi Escriva (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Cuba 15 Nancy Osa • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Going Home Eve Bunting, David Diaz, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Firegirl Tony Abbott • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Josefina: An American Girl Boxed Set (American Girls Collection Series: Josefina #1-6) Valerie Tripp, Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator), Susan McAliley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $31.96 1 $31.96
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States Lori M. Carlson (Editor), Oscar Hijuelos (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Buried Onions Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Lupita Ma ana Patricia Beatty, Lucas Guttentag (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Taking Sides Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Night of Las Posadas Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Abuela Arthur Dorros, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Most Beautiful Place in the World Ann Cameron, Thomas B. Allen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
In My Family (En mi familia) Carmen Lomas Garza, Carmen Lomas Garza (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Going Home, Coming Home/Ve Nha, Tham Que Hu'o'ng Truong Tran, Dana Goldberg (Editor), Ann Phong (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


4 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 39 students.

Project Activity

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo
{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"San Jose","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[117103],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":172889,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":39,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. M.","authorIds":{"117103":{"owner":"Ms. M.","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[172889],"proposalHash":"-879461268","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":36478,"photosPublished":false,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":[],"teacherId":117103,"schoolCounty":"Santa Clara","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}