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Mrs. Lemoniades from Bradenton FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters!

Help me give my students books with characters and authors that reflect themselves and their life experiences.

  • $338 goal

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My Students

I teach at an inner city school in which 100% of our student population is considered "Economically Disadvantaged" according to our most recent data. We have have one of the highest populations of English Language Learning students in district secondary schools with almost 50% of our students reporting that they speak a language other than English. A great many of our students come to us speaking little to no English and those who do speak English are struggling with higher level comprehension and literacy skills.

Despite the great disadvantages so many of my students start their educations with, in them I see the will and determination to succeed.

They don't allow their circumstances to define them. Despite a social climate that creates fear for their safety and stability they continue to show up and work hard every day. These are students with big dreams and the will to create them. They utilize the help they find here to create relationships and build a solid foundation for their future.

My Project

Research has suggested time and again that one of the most effective ways to help struggling and disengaged readers is to ask them to read. Just simply to read. The number of minutes per day that a student spends reading is directly correlated to their ability to pass standardized tests of English skills. A child who reads for only 20 minutes per day reads 1.8 million words per year and is likely to score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests of Reading.

But reading means more than simply being able to pass a test.

Reading is a means of exploring concepts and issues that are meaningful to our lives in a way that is safe and sheltered from true harm. Reading allows us to explore big ideas in a manageable way. It allows us to experience the world within the confines of our own homes. But for many of my students, they have never experienced the joy of reading a book and discovering a character, or story line in which they can see themselves or their families.

In my cart you can see that the bulk of the books I have chosen have characters of color or story lines about issues that are relevant to my students today. I have many books in my classroom library. But I do not have nearly enough books for my students that they find meaningful and pertinent to their own life experiences. I am hoping with this project to remedy this situation and give my struggling readers a chance to see that there are actually books available in which they can see themselves and their lives represented.

Mrs. Lemoniades
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 120 students.

9 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hate U Give Movie Tie-in Edition • AKJ Education $13.86 2 $27.72
Red Hot Salsa Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Eleanor & Park (Spanish Edition) • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote A Migrant's Tale • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
Things Fall Apart: A Novel • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
Un puente hacia Terabithia (Bridge To Terabithia) • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Enchanted Air • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Mexican WhiteBoy • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Ball Don't Lie • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Does My Head Look Big in This? • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Out of My Mind • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
You Don't Even Know Me Stories and Poems About Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Thing About Jellyfish • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Tar Beach • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59

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