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Mrs. Lofgren from Indianapolis IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Seeing Myself Through Text

Help me give my students a diverse range of books that allow students to see themselves through stories.

  • $396 goal

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My Students

Each morning I stand outside the door of my classroom with a smile on my face ready to greet the 30 students who will walk through the door at 7:15. Each of them come with a different home life and weight that they carry from their personal lives. Some walk in having not eaten since they left school the day before, some walk in after listening to fighting or babies crying all night and they themselves got very little sleep, but all come into my room excited and ready to learn.

My students come from a variety of backgrounds and their needs vary!

I teach 4th grade in an intercity, high poverty school. I have 30 students in my class. Of those 30 students, 18 of them need extra services in order to make it through their day. 88% of my students receive free or reduced price lunch at school. All of my students receive free breakfast.

No matter what baggage they carry from home, each of my students bring their own level of energy, enthusiasm, and passion to the classroom with minds set on the future and the life they envision for themselves.

My Project

My student population is extremely diverse and I am often reminded of how they are mirroring the world around us.

When students can "see" themselves in books, they can relate to characters, make connections, develop empathy, and learn traits like perseverance.

By adding the books for this project to our classroom library, I can help provide experiences for my students to see themselves in the characters of books and meet the diverse needs of my diverse learners!

Outside of the school library, most of my students do not have access to books. Many students at my school come from a low-income household. By building my classroom library, students will have easy access to quality children's literature every day.

My hope with a variety of diverse books is that students are able to find themselves within a text, and they are also able to learn about people different from themselves. My hope is these books will help inspire a life-long love of reading.

Mrs. Lofgren
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years (Our Universe) • Amazon Business $15.90 1 $15.90
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $15.33 1 $15.33
Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit) • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
The Unicorn in the Barn • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
Hey, That's MY Monster! (I Need My Monster) • Amazon Business $11.54 1 $11.54
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Lions & Liars • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Trapped in a Video Game (Book 1) • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
The Dot • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
Voices in the Park • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Crossing the Line • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
The Empty Pot • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Crow Boy (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mr. George Baker (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (Picture Puffin Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Boy Called Bat • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Bedhead • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29

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