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Ms. Ginzberg from New Haven CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters: Mission To Get Diverse Books Into Student's Hands

Help me give my students pleasure reading books where they will see themselves reflected on the pages!

  • $485 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students hail from many corners of the world. While some were born and raised generation after generation in inner-city New Haven, CT, others have immigrated to the U.S. with harrowing immigration stories that may very well fill best-selling memoirs one day.

My students are 9th-12th graders who are doing their best to survive and thrive in a world on fire.

My Project

Same great initiative I started on social media - now upgraded to DonorsChoose!

I am seeking books for a robust classroom library, specifically designed for the whole identities of students in inner-city New Haven, CT.

We are living in scary times. School will look completely different this year, and I'm here for it. I'm ready to innovate, differentiate, and downright abolish racist and oppressive systems that are harming my students. I'm starting with decolonizing the books on our bookshelf.

I am a strong believer in choice reading, and restoring the relationship that students have with reading. Oftentimes, my high school students check out of reading because they are forced to read something and/or because they don't see themselves reflected on the page. As a White educator in New Haven Public Schools, it is imperative I ensure that my Black, Brown, and Latino students have access to books that will speak to their lived experiences. This also means including some books in their native language, which is most often Spanish.

Help me fill my shelves with incredible authors of color, including but not limited to: Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Tiffany D. Jackson, Elizabeth Acevedo, Ibi Zoboi, and Julia Alvarez.

While students are learning remotely, I will arrange for them to pick up books at the school on designated dates or mail them directly.

I was able to fund the start of this collection through the donations of generous neighbors in my community - all of whom have never met me, but care about our kids. Next, I called upon my family and friends on social media, and wow, THEY SHOWED UP! Now, I am calling upon a community of educators and philanthropists. Help me finish this project and make a profound impact on students for years to come!

Ms. Ginzberg
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 500 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Decoded • Amazon Business $22.18 1 $22.18
Dominicana: A Novel • Amazon Business $21.11 1 $21.11
Never Look Back • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
Don't Ask Me Where I'm From • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Cinderella Is Dead • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Buck: A Memoir • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
The Prince and the Dressmaker • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers • Amazon Business $14.38 1 $14.38
Creative Quest • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Frying Plantain • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
The Marrow Thieves • Amazon Business $13.45 1 $13.45
Juliet respira profundo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $12.02 1 $12.02
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Becoming • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Anger Is a Gift: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Here to Stay • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
I Am J • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79

Materials cost

$376.51

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.65

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$412.16

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$72.73

Total project goal

$484.89

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$484.89

9 Donors

-$480.48

Donations toward project cost

-$412.16

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$68.32

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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