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Ms. Keim from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters!

My students need books that show characters who look like them being brave, bold, and normal.

  • $442 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Have you ever met fourth graders? Little bundles of energy! Nothing excites them more than getting to touch, see, and build their way to understanding.

As one of the top performing charter schools in the state, our school is working daily to help our students achieve their full potential.

The students in my year-round urban charter school are 95% low income. They attend school from 8 am to 5 pm daily. The staff at our charter school works diligently within our rigorous curriculum to help education come alive!

My students struggle with issues that often fall outside the scope of understanding. From poverty to food insecurity, homelessness to incarcerated parents, they face head-on many challenges that would make adults crumble. Even with these challenges, they come to school each day trying to put their best foot forward and grow as students, in academics, and as leaders.

My Project

My students are constantly searching my bookshelves for books with characters they can relate to. They gravitate towards books with black heroes and heroines, kids with urban toughness, or characters whose struggles mirror their own, but they are often few and far between.

Representation matters.

Kids need to see themselves in the books they read, both as the heroes and as ordinary people who overcome ordinary hurdles. These books feature kids who are solving normal kid problems with their normal kid friends, and they are just what my students need to read. These books will not only benefit my students' reading skills, but also model for them way in which regular problems like issues with friends, struggles within family dynamics, and issues like competition and academic challenges can be confronted and overcome. Please help me to put these books on our shelves and into the hands of my students!

Ms. Keim
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Clubhouse Mysteries Super Sleuth Collection: The Buried Bones Mystery; Lost in the Tunnel of Time; Shadows of Caesar's Creek; The Space Mission ... Animal Show; Stars and Sparks on Stage • Amazon Business $24.69 1 $24.69
Gregor the Underland Chronicles (5 Volume Set) • Amazon Business $24.60 1 $24.60
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Jupiter Storm • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
End Zone (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Jump Shot (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
President of the Whole Sixth Grade (President Series) • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Wild Card (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Goal Line • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Extra Innings (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Kickoff! (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Red Zone (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
STAT #4: Schooled (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
STAT #5: Most Valuable (STAT: Standing Tall and Talented) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #2: Double Team • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Shadows of Caesar's Creek (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Stars and Sparks on Stage (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Backyard Animal Show (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Buried Bones Mystery (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 5: Mission Star-Power (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 4: Attack of the Swamp Thing (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nikki and Deja: Wedding Drama • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
Go Long! (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $5.74 1 $5.74
Lost in the Tunnel of Time (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues • Amazon Business $5.67 1 $5.67
STAT #3: Slam Dunk: Standing Tall and Talented • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40
Nikki and Deja: The Newsy News Newsletter: Nikki and Deja, Book Three • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.25 1 $5.25
President of the Whole Fifth Grade (President Series) • Amazon Business $5.22 1 $5.22
Nikki and Deja: Nikki and Deja, Book One • Amazon Business $5.15 1 $5.15
Ruby and the Booker Boys #2: Trivia Queen, 3rd Grade Supreme • Amazon Business $5.12 1 $5.12
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Miami Jackson Makes the Play (A Stepping Stone Book) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles, Book One • Amazon Business $4.91 1 $4.91
Miami Gets It Straight (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $4.53 1 $4.53
Nikki and Deja: Substitute Trouble (Nikki & Deja) • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby • Amazon Business $4.27 1 $4.27
Misty Copeland (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Jesse Owens (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $3.35 1 $3.35
Miami Jackson Sees It Through (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $3.18 1 $3.18
The Space Mission Adventure (Clubhouse Mysteries) • Amazon Business $3.14 1 $3.14
When I Grow Up: Misty Copeland (Scholastic Reader, Level 3) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89
Nikki and Deja: Election Madness (Nikki & Deja) • Amazon Business $2.79 1 $2.79
Katherine Johnson (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $2.23 1 $2.23

Materials cost

$339.79

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.10

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$374.89

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$66.16

Total project goal

$441.05

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$441.05

2 Donors

-$421.05

Donations toward project cost

-$357.89

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$63.16

match offer

-$20.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$17.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.00

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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