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Mrs. Buccioni from Santa Monica CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters

My students need novels that highlight the everyday experiences of LGBQT+ characters.

  • $749 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I serve an incredible, diverse group of teens and tweens. We are a Title I school and our primary mission is to achieve excellence through equity.

Once a week I host an LGBTQ alliance club for a self-selected group of 7th and 8th graders, and they have mentioned that they would like to see the LGBQT section of our classroom library grow.

They have given me a number of excellent book suggestions to help ensure that our library presents a diversity of viewpoints, so that all of my students feel well represented in my classroom.

My Project

Middle school can be a challenging time for children who are on their way to becoming adults. For young people to thrive in their schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported. A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused school absences among LGBTQ students. Going to a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students is especially important.

I intend to promote a safe and affirming school environment by including positive representations of LGBT people, history, and events in my curriculum and in my classroom library--I want to provide all of my students with stories that both reflect their lives, experiences, and identities and expand their understanding of our diverse world.

We all desire to be seen and to have our experiences validated. Kids who may identify along the LGBTQ+ spectrum need to read about ordinary people - artists, athletes, politicians, students - who are gay, lesbian, or transgender. Your donation will help me provide a small corner of the world where my LGBTQ+ can see themselves represented in the books they read.

Mrs. Buccioni
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 150 students.

14 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Transgender Pride Silicone Bracelets - Support LGBTQ Cause (50 Bracelets) • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
Gay Pride Rainbow Silicone Bracelets - Adult Size - Support LGBTQ Cause (50 Bracelets) • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
Bisexual Pride Silicone Bracelets - Support LGBTQ Cause (50 Bracelets) • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality • Amazon Business $16.21 1 $16.21
The Walk-In Closet • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Love, Simon • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Picture Us In The Light • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
Queer: A Graphic History • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Far from the Tree • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Transgender History, second edition: The Roots of Today's Revolution • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
The Upside of Unrequited • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Twelve Steps to Normal • Amazon Business $14.14 1 $14.14
Gay Pride Rainbow Stickers on a Roll - Round Shaped (500 Stickers) - Support LGBT Causes • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
Honestly Ben • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Autoboyography • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
We Are Okay • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.53 1 $12.53
Dress Codes for Small Towns • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
The Dangerous Art of Blending In • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Leah on the Offbeat • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
The ABC's of LGBT+ • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
I Have Lost My Way • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
More Happy Than Not • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Elsewhere • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Boy Worth Knowing • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Openly Straight • Amazon Business $8.42 1 $8.42
We Are the Ants • Amazon Business $8.31 1 $8.31
History Is All You Left Me • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
This Book Is Gay • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
Boy Meets Boy • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Been Here All Along: He's in Love with the Boy Next Door • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95

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