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Ms. Claypool from Georgetown TX is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Reflections of Me

Help me give my students books that will reflect who they are, what they look like and how to be kind and accepting to one another.

  • $445 goal

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

Barack Obama said "Our most important task as a nation is to make sure all our young people can achieve their dreams". My desire as a teacher is to help my students figure out what their dreams are in this moment. Being a preschool teacher can be a challenge as the students are figuring out the rules and where their place is in the world.

My students are filled with wonder of the world around them and come up with new ways to describe what they see.

I want to create an atmosphere where the children are free to dream and free to be themselves. I want to be able to give them new experiences in and out of the classroom. Teaching them not only right from wrong but how to love one another as well.

They love to build, play pretend, draw and play with dolls. We are working on understanding emotions and how our actions can affect the people around us. New toys, books and instruments that expand their creativity, problem solving, imagination and understanding of the world around them will make a difference in their lives.

My Project

Maya Angelou once said, "in diversity there is beauty and there is strength". It wasn't until I became a teacher and mother that I truly understood this quote. My father would encourage my siblings and I to read books about African-Americans in history as well as African History to make up for what we didn't learn in school. My mother found us books, especially picture books, by African-American authors so that we could see ourselves in the pages. These experiences helped shape me into the strong, confident woman I am now.

My desire is that when my students see themselves in these books, they will not only develop a love for reading but they will know they are seen and are significant.

I have chosen books that represent a variety of ethnicities. These books will encourage my students to ask questions about people who live in other countries and spark the desire to one day travel there. My goal is to open the door to a world outside of their own.

Many of my students have a Hispanic background and at least half of them speak and/or understand Spanish. While I may not speak Spanish fluently, some of the books are bilingual so I can interject some Spanish words to help my students understand what is being said. These bilingual books will help myself, my co-teacher and other students to learn new words and give us a chance to communicate with those who may still be learning English.

I believe when my students begin to recognize and celebrate their differences, they will have a hand in breaking down racial barriers when they get older. This is just the beginning of a new way of seeing the world and making a difference for their future.

Ms. Claypool
Grades PreK-2

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
RR850X - Multicultural Stories Paperback Library • Lakeshore Learning Materials $105.00 1 $105.00
GA329 - Learning to Get Along Bilingual Book Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $74.50 1 $74.50
Festival of Colors • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Same, Same But Different • Amazon Business $13.18 1 $13.18
My Name Is Not Alexander (Isabella) • Amazon Business $13.04 1 $13.04
My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
ABC I Love Me • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
My Big Book of Spanish Words • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
My First Spanish Numbers Colors Shapes • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Zapata: Colors - Colores (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.46 1 $9.46
Counting With -Contando Con Frida (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
Brown Boy Brown Boy What Can You Be? • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Dream Big, Little One (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88

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