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Mr. Almerido from San Jose CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters: Help Diversify Our Classroom Library!

Help me give my students books that represent and value their racially, socioeconomically, and personally diverse backgrounds.

  • $288 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The kids that I have the distinct honor of teaching are full of joy, curiosity, and enthusiasm for life. They deeply seek the opportunity to learn about themselves and to learn about the community around them. Our class is oriented around understanding contemporary sociopolitical issues and the ways in which those issues are reflected in my kids’ lives. As a result, the kids in my class are constantly finding ways to gain a deeper understanding of their identity––as they view themselves, as other views them, and as those two views are reconciled and in conflict with each other.

We seek every opportunity to build connections between the classroom and the world which we are a part of, which is especially important because of our socioeconomic, gender, and racial diversity.

As a title Title I school in a severely underserved district, we seek to build those connections and to have a deeply engaging, enriching education with incredibly high expectations for ourselves and others.

My Project

Help us update our library with diverse, age-appropriate titles! This year, I will be teaching third grade after having completed a three year loop from third to fifth grade. This will be an amazing opportunity for me to spread my wings and work with a new set of kids. However, this also means that my library is largely oriented towards older kids.

This project aims to purchase books that represent the incredible diversity of our school community.

Too often, the most popular books offered in our school libraries do not show the complex lives and identities of our students. Without seeing their lives reflected in the books that they read, kids feel isolated, alone, and out of place in this world. This project seeks to fix that through books with protagonists of varying genders, racial identities, socioeconomic statuses, and immigration statuses.

Not only will kids see themselves in the books that they read, but they will learn valuable social-emotional lessons about grit, identity, and perseverance. These lessons will also be the launching pad for civics lessons about appreciating, honoring, and loving the rich tapestry of identities that composes our classroom and school community.

Mr. Almerido
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
This Place: 150 Years Retold • Amazon Business $24.29 1 $24.29
Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Bodega Cat • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Across the Bay • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Lubna and Pebble • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
My Papi Has a Motorcycle • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Illegal • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49

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