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Ms. Jocelyn Johnson from Atlanta GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Difference I See and the Difference in Me

Help me give my students multi-cultural books to be used to expose my students to inclusion and diversity. Through reading, my students will build appreciation of all cultures.

  • $595 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are a rainbow of many colors. A good percentage of our students are African-American. We also have a growing population of Latino students and a small population of Asian students. Each group of students is fascinated with one another's cultural history and background. Despite having little knowledge of one another's culture, each group shares love and respect for one another. These students thrive on learning and would love to read more about diversity and multiculturalism.

Being a struggling reader has not deterred these rainbow students from learning to read.

Our bright-eyed and highly spirited students can be found daily in a book corner reading books about people and foreign places. These scholars are hooked on reading and have sound reasons to learn. Our students show progress in their studies when reading is correlated to learning more about world cultures.

Our students embrace learning with passion and pride. The Tiger students love to do and learn. These students' interest levels pique when reading a good book about the places they will travel. As a school, we have developed a curriculum centered on multicultural literature which has afforded our students to show gains in their studies.

My Project

If this project is funded for books, my rainbow students will show compassion and understanding of cultures. Students will have personal relationships with one another after reading books that expose them to multicultural study. As a school family, students will gain better insight into personal bias and work towards eradicating stereotypes. Each student, through reading new cultural books, will expand their knowledge and viewpoint towards one another.

Cultural books will assist my students in building a strong sense of community for all and recognizing the contributions of diverse members of different races of people.

Students, after reading their multi-cultural books, will become comfortable with interacting with one another, behaviors and ideas that are familiar to them, and the fear factor will decrease when faced with the unfamiliar. Students will respect the different viewpoints and cultures of their classmates and appreciate the differences. Students will recognize that people of all genders, ethnicities, and appearances can have a positive influence on the world and deserve to be respected and emulated.

Multicultural books will teach students to embrace their own culture and heritage. Additionally, students will respect and appreciate their own culture and heritage.

Ms. Jocelyn Johnson
Grades 3-5
  • Towns Elementary School
  • Atlanta, GA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 525 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Girl Who Heard Colors • AKJ Education $15.29 2 $30.58
The Water Princess • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Chocolate Me! • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • AKJ Education $16.16 1 $16.16
Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Brothers In Hope The Story Of The Lost Boys Of Sudan • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Yo Soy Muslim • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Radiant Child • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
She Persisted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Freedom in Congo Square • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Wangari's Trees of Peace A True Story from Africa • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Other Side • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Rice from Heaven • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Eight Days: A Story of Haiti • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Maybe Something Beautiful • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Marisol McDonald no combina / Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
Sebi and the Land of Cha Cha Cha • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Cool Salsa • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Cora Cooks Pancit • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Tangerine • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Too Many Tamales • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Heaven • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Only Passing Through The Story of Sojourner Truth • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Elijah of Buxton • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dancing Home • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Storm in the Night • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Goin' Someplace Special • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Leaf Rides the Wind Counting In A Japanese Garden • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Full, Full, Full of Love • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Flight of the Butterflies • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59

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