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Ms. Bandy from La Jolla CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters

Help me give my students opportunities to see their diverse identities and rich cultural histories represented in the books they read!

  • $274 goal

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My Students

These middle and high school students are amazing pupils who will all be first-generation college students. They come from all over our city and have an unbelievable amount of potential. Together, we come from diverse backgrounds but all share the common goal of graduating from high school, going to college, and implementing change in our world!

Furthermore, our programs emphasize the students helping students model and we work heavily to have our students work in teams to support each other's learning!

My Project

I support students of varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds and ensuring that they have equitable access to novels is essential for developing personal identity! Our students are barraged with visual media that often depicts flawed societal constructions and stereotypes.

In this day and age, representation matters and it is important for students to be able to see themselves in the literature they read.

These middle grades novels are written by diverse authors and inspire increased agency in students. Often our students struggle to see their point of view, experience, and history in the characters they read about, and so disengage from novels or literature as a whole. We know that a well stocked library is the first step to change that!

Ms. Bandy
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

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 180 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $14.58 1 $14.58
Wishtree • Amazon Business $13.08 1 $13.08
They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
The Benefits of Being an Octopus • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Front Desk • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
A Good Kind of Trouble • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Blended • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Merci Suárez Changes Gears • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
New Kid • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
Ghost (1) (Track) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • Amazon Business $6.37 1 $6.37
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Sunny (3) (Track) • Amazon Business $5.80 1 $5.80

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