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Ms. Shaughnessy from Lynn MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Student-led project

See Myself in a Book: Building a Diverse Classroom Library

We need books that represent our diverse experiences, identities, hopes and dreams. Help build our classroom library and our worldview.

  • $617 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

About My Students

We are 125 8th graders in Lynn, MA. Lynn is a so-called "gateway city" in Massachusetts. Massachusetts says this means we are a "midsize urban center that anchors regional economies around the state;" that we face "stubborn social and economic challenges" while retaining "many assets with unrealized potential."

We like to focus on that last part - unrealized potential. Right now, we have access to many books, but rarely do we see books that tell our stories. We're hoping to build a classroom library that represents our community and our school - a school where dozens of languages are spoken, eveb more countries are represented; a school where our identities are valued.

Literacy is, without a doubt, the most essential skill in middle school - no matter the subject. We want to build our literacy with books that have characters that look like us and share our experience. Let's build a love of reading as well as self-love and empathy for others!

In Their Own Words

Our goal is a diverse, representative library. We want a classroom library that kids are excited to choose from, with characters that look like us, talk like us, and have lives like ours. We hope to have a library that expands the way we think about the world and how we see ourselves in it.

We want to learn about how to design a project and use our family and community networks to fund our project. We also want to build leadership skills by running the library and maintaining the books, as well as empower the other grades in the school to do the same.

We love to read and want more books to read. We want to finish middle school reading as many books as possible that represent us and our experience. There are students in our grade getting close to high school who are not reading on grade level and this could help us move them to high school readiness!

Ms. Shaughnessy
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
I Am Alfonso Jones • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Genuine Fraud • Amazon Business $14.63 1 $14.63
Holding Up the Universe • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
We Were Liars • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Dreamland Burning • Amazon Business $13.28 1 $13.28
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $13.24 1 $13.24
Dead Girls Society • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
If I Was Your Girl • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
The Lines We Cross • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
On the Edge of Gone • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Six of Crows • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Little & Lion • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Calling My Name • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Fangirl: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Dream Things True: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Saints and Misfits • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.25 1 $10.25
Something in Between (Harlequin Teen) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Everything All at Once • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
When the Moon Is Low: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Symptoms of Being Human • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Dumplin' • Amazon Business $8.86 1 $8.86
I'll Give You the Sun • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
We Were Here • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
The Sky Is Everywhere • Amazon Business $8.73 1 $8.73
Goodbye Days • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
Girl Mans Up • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
This Is What Happy Looks Like • Amazon Business $8.37 1 $8.37
When Dimple Met Rishi • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
What You Left Behind • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Rose Under Fire • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
My Sister Rosa • Amazon Business $7.97 1 $7.97
You're Welcome, Universe • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Ash • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23
How It Went Down • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Code Name Verity • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
The Rest of Us Just Live Here • Amazon Business $4.19 1 $4.19

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