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Mrs. Chestnut from Lumber Bridge NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Students of Color Deserve Books About them Too!

My students need books! Books by, about and for students of color, especially.

  • $315 goal

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My Students

Sandy Grove Middle School is a small middle school, serving a very diverse population made up of African-American, Native American, Latino and Caucasian students from all across the country and beyond. We serve a county that is made up at least in part by Army and Air Force personnel from Fort Bragg and Pope Air Field. Ours is a rural county and our district, while growing, still struggles for funds to put into library collections and other resources.

Some of my students are from far-flung places and are away from home.

Others grew up here, but have never left the county in which they were born. Some have no family members that have ever attended college. Some will be the first to graduate from high school, if we can get them there.

My Project

A diverse population of students should have a diverse collection of books to read that reflect them and their lives. This project is requesting specific books about African-American notable historical figures as well as several fiction books. These books will be added to the school's collection, into a separate section to highlight that they are by, for and/or about people of color.

My students are predominantly not white, but my library is still filled with books by white authors, about white kids with illustrations that only include white people.

My students are mostly NOT white, I want to add color to my media center, to represent my students and show them that all races are represented.

Mrs. Chestnut
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 630 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
A List of Cages • AKJ Education $7.29 2 $14.58
Speak • AKJ Education $6.88 2 $13.76
The Skin I'm In • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
A Raisin in the Sun (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.80 2 $11.60
Freak the Mighty • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $9.05 1 $9.05
African American Soldiers • AKJ Education $8.54 1 $8.54
African American Musicians & Entertainers • AKJ Education $8.54 1 $8.54
African American Explorers & Adventurers • AKJ Education $8.54 1 $8.54
African American Politicians & Civil Rights Activists • AKJ Education $8.54 1 $8.54
African American Artists & Writers • AKJ Education $8.54 1 $8.54
African American Inventors & Scientists • AKJ Education $8.54 1 $8.54
Among The Hidden • AKJ Education $7.30 1 $7.30
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Alexander Hamilton: Founding Father and Treasury Secretary • AKJ Education $6.83 1 $6.83
Walk Two Moons • AKJ Education $5.93 1 $5.93
Island of the Blue Dolphins • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Phantom Tollbooth • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Tuck Everlasting • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The City of Ember The First Book of Ember • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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