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Mrs. Smitley from Raleigh NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Empathy & Diversity Through Picture Books

Help me give my students some picture books to supplement my lessons on diversity, inclusion, and empathy. Picture books give them a way to see and hear examples of the character traits they are learning about.

  • $186 goal

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My Students

The students at our school are wonderful, hardworking, and motivated to learn. We are a diverse PreK-5 school that integrates STEM into our curriculum to give students a hands-on and problem solving approach to learning.

It is one of 106 public elementary schools in the county and serves a diverse population of 421 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Of those students, almost 75 percent receive free or reduced lunch, 29% of students are considered as limited English proficient, and 12% are identified for special education.

Our educators are passionate about growing the whole child and incorporating social/emotional learning character traits such as empathy, inclusion, and generosity into our lessons.

My Project

These books will supplement the diversity and empathy lessons that I teach. I find that picture books help all types of learners connect to the concepts that I teach in my comprehensive counseling program.

My students will connect to the diverse characters in these books and use them as a connection to the ways they can show empathy and kindness in their daily lives.

These books such as All are Welcome, and I am Human; A Book about Empathy will help our students see, understand, and feel that at a diverse school like ours, we all have rights, we are all equal, and we are all important.

Mrs. Smitley
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 $17.09 1 $17.09
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Be Kind • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $13.68 1 $13.68
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Learning to Listen, Learning to Care A Workbook to Help Kids Learn Self-control & Empathy • AKJ Education $9.16 1 $9.16
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
When I Care About Others • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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