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Ms. Connolly from W Springfield MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Emotional Library for Inspiring Young Scholars

Help me give my students literature that represents them, their lived experience, and promotes social emotional learning (empathy, self esteem, problem solving, growth mindset, coping skills etc.)

  • $569 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are resilient, loving, and curious learners in grades K - 5. We work together on building coping skills, personal responsibility, social skills, self esteem, self awareness, assertiveness, and problem solving skills. Many are refugees who have never had the opportunity to attend school before or have had many interruptions to their educational experiences. After fleeing unimaginable circumstances at such a young age, they place a very high value on their educations. They are loving, driven, and diverse.

Our student body represents more than 30 countries and speaks over 25 different languages.

The four most common languages are Arabic, Russian, Spanish, and Nepali. Our school community thrives on this diversity as students simultaneously learn about American culture and the many cultures they all represent. We are a community dedicated to celebrating each other's differences in order to build more compassion and understanding in the lives of those around us.

Statistically, 85% of our population is considered high needs with 70% defined as economically disadvantaged.

My Project

I would like to supply both my students and teachers with a greater depth of social emotional children's literature that is both engaging and inspires growth in social-emotional skills such as growth mindset, empathy, resilience, problem solving, community building, conflict resolution, individuality, self-worth, and empowerment.

Studies show a strong social-emotional foundation is an essential component of academic achievement.

"In 2011, a meta-analysis published in the journal Child Development showed an 11 percentile gain in academic achievement for students who participated in a well-implemented SEL program versus students who didn’t." Increasing our social emotional library selection will allow me to support teachers and my own small group work with students.

My goal is to continue to create a library that consists of literature that represents our student population, supports social emotional learning, and engages students in an exciting way.

Ms. Connolly
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.45 2 $20.90
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (English and Arabic Edition) • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Dreamers • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
The Rabbit Listened • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
The Memory Box: A Book About Grief • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $13.48 1 $13.48
What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
There Might Be Lobsters • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle • Amazon Business $13.06 1 $13.06
Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
The School Book • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
I Matter (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Life • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
The Journey • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
It's Okay to Make Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Harrison P. Spader, Personal Space Invader (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
We Don't Eat Our Classmates • Amazon Business $10.57 1 $10.57
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Say Something • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Kids' Daily Dilemmas in a Jar: 101 Decisions to Think & Talk About • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Lubna and Pebble • Amazon Business $9.66 1 $9.66
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
A Terrible Thing Happened • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
Journeys: Little Big Book Grade K How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Not in Room 204: Breaking the Silence of Abuse • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.66 1 $7.66
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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