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Mx. Besa Mulaye from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The World is Your Oyster Child of Color

Help me give my students books that will encourage them to follow their dreams with a passion against all odds

  • $401 goal

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My Students

A majority of students in our school come from an economically disadvantaged background and as a result all our students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Nevertheless, if you met them it is unlikely you would witness signs of maladaptive behaviors as they are happy children who love school and are eager to learn.

Our school is very diverse.

We have families from all over the world. In fact, 44% of our students are English Language Learners.

I am excited to offer and nurture a safe space where they can explore feeling comfortable enough for us to engage in meaningful, open conversation.

My Project

I would love to request books that show powerful accomplished people who identify as coming from a minority group or some other marginalized group. This includes women, people of color, and/or people from poor backgrounds. Many of my students are from poor backgrounds and are non-white. I believe having them read such books will show them that it is possible for them to take advantage of the opportunities that the world has to offer. I have chosen books such as "Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race" and "I am Sonia Sotomayor (Ordinary People Change the World)" because they discuss very important historical and current figures that beat the odds.

Mx. Besa Mulaye
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $10.98 2 $21.96
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon • Amazon Business $17.27 1 $17.27
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
¡Solo pregunta!: Sé Diferente, Sé Valiente, Sé Tú (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $15.15 1 $15.15
Michelle Obama: First Lady: Biographies for kids (The Girl Who Would Grow Up To Be) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
I am Sonia Sotomayor (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series) • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
Mighty Mommies and Their Amazing Jobs: A STEM Career Book for Kids (Big Ideas for Little Dreamers) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $10.62 1 $10.62
Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Feminist Baby! He's a Feminist Too! • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
I Will Be Fierce • Amazon Business $9.53 1 $9.53
I Love Who I Am! : A Book Of Affirmations For Girls (Naturebella's Kids Books: Empowerment Series) • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
I Look Up To...Misty Copeland • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Look Up To...Oprah Winfrey • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Look Up To... Malala Yousafzai • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
I Look Up To... Michelle Obama • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
I am Billie Jean King (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Look Up To... Serena Williams • Amazon Business $6.43 1 $6.43

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