You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Ms. Van Ostrand from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Students for Social Justice Book Clubs

Help me give my students access to authentic opportunities to engage in literature where they can see themselves in the stories they read.

  • $580 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is rich with culturally diverse students some of whom are learning English as a second language. My students are thoughtful, funny and creative thinkers.

To maximize their opportunities for success, my students need to see themselves in the literature we read and study.

Students need to connect to the stories they read so they can engage authentically with the text. Only then can they learn how to love reading, dig deeper and take action to make their world a better place.

My Project

As a 3rd grade teacher, offering multicultural literature is part of my culturally responsive teaching practice. Students need to read stories about characters who reflect themselves and their deep cultural values in order to feel like valued members in a school society. My students will use these materials in literature circle units called "This is Us" and engage in authentic reading, writing, listening and speaking activities that foster deeper understanding and acceptance of oneself and others.

Appreciation of diversity is imperative for all students to succeed in the world today and using literature to explore current issues is one of the most important tools I can use to help them reach their literacy goals.

Students who enjoy reading, read more often and more deeply and are more equipped to handle the literacy demands for future success.

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

12 donors12 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 25 students.

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Van Ostrand is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Iggie's House • Amazon Business $7.99 6 $47.94
Rules (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $7.99 5 $39.95
Freak the Mighty (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.39 6 $38.34
Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson • Amazon Business $5.99 6 $35.94
George (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $5.90 6 $35.40
Maniac Magee • Amazon Business $5.59 6 $33.54
My Name Is Maria Isabel • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $16.88 1 $16.88
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
One of A Kind, Like Me / Único como yo (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
The Crayon Box that Talked • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Steck-Vaughn Stories of America: Student Reader Young Martin's Promise, Story Book • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
Painting For Peace in Ferguson • Amazon Business $12.27 1 $12.27
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Great Migration: An American Story • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


11 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Oakland","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[5991764],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":2,"name":"Elementary School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3712210,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":25,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Van Ostrand","authorIds":{"5991764":{"owner":"Ms. Van Ostrand","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3712210],"proposalHash":"-694730419","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":21301188,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NjE2NTMyMg==","NTQ3Nzk5MQ==","OTcyNTUx","OTQyNzY=","NjE1MDExOQ==","NjE2NTgwMA==","NjE3MTk1MQ==","MTg3Njg3Mw==","NjE2Nzk5Mw==","NTA1MjAxOA==","NjE2NTcxNg=="],"teacherId":5991764,"schoolCounty":"Alameda","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}