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  • $279 goal

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Ms. Vega
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Supporting Diverse Families and Family Changes

My students need a variety of books to help support them through difficult changes in their families and normalize their experiences. Titles include "Single-Parent Families," "Families Change," and "What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce?"

My Students

No one can deny the critical role a family plays in the development of a child. When a child's family experiences a divorce or looks slightly different from those of their peers, it can have a devastating impact on that child's ability to focus on school and be successful.

My students are part of a large, public school in a major city in Illinois.

The school includes students in grades prekindergarten through 8th grade. They are primarily Latino and African-American students who come from low-income families. Most are hard workers, but many face great challenges, which prevent them from reaching their full potential. My students have great strengths and talents, but need to be taught specific coping skills and provided with the tools needed to be successful in both school and life. My students attend a school dedicated to providing this emotional and social support because we recognize the close relationship it has with their ability to be academically successful.

My Project

I am requesting a variety of books about families and family changes. There are a number of children's stories that will help younger students understand divorce and help support their families during a difficult and transitional time. There are also several books written for teenagers to offer guidance about dealing with their parents' divorce. In addition to books about divorce, I have requested several books discussing the different kind of families that exist. These books will be incorporated into lessons for students that are currently living in foster families, adoptive families, single-parent families or families that just look different from those we typically see on TV. These books will be used in a small group setting with students with similar situations who need additional support because of the changes or challenges that have taken place in their families. They will be used in combination with other activities and lessons on coping skills.

The books I am requesting are especially important because they help normalize very difficult experiences and unique family situations.

For children, this reassurance is vital to the ability to cope. When a child struggles to understand or accept the challenges in their families, it is difficult for them to focus on school and can negatively affect both their academics and behavior. If we offer students the support they need, we provide them with tools necessary to overcome such obstacles.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce Liana Lowenst • AKJ Books $26.96 1 $26.96
Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families Marc Brown, • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Divorce Is Not The End Of World • AKJ Books $7.76 1 $7.76
Mama and Daddy Bear''s Divorce • AKJ Books $6.29 1 $6.29
My Parents Are Divorced Too • AKJ Books $8.96 1 $8.96
My Parents Are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames, and Other • AKJ Books $14.03 1 $14.03
Adoptive Families • AKJ Books $16.11 1 $16.11
What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
All Families Are Special • AKJ Books $15.29 1 $15.29
All Kinds of Families • AKJ Books $15.29 1 $15.29
All Kinds of Families! Mary Ann Hoberman, Marc Boutavant (Il • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Families Are Different • AKJ Books $14.00 1 $14.00
Families Change • AKJ Books $7.79 1 $7.79
Foster Families • AKJ Books $16.11 1 $16.11
Single-Parent Families • AKJ Books $16.11 1 $16.11

Materials cost

$198.99

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$236.97

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$41.82

Total project goal

$278.79

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$278.79

3 Donors

-$275.26

Donations toward project cost

-$236.97

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$38.29

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.53

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 50 students.

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