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

They Look Like Me! Representation for Immigrant and Refugee Students

My students need high quality texts that represent refugee and immigrant stories.

  • $247 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work with 80 sixth through eighth grade English Language Learners. They come to us with a variety of language backgrounds, and a passion for learning. Our students can be completely literate in their first language or come from a community where they were not given the chance at an education. It is my privilege to help these students navigate a new language, culture, and country.

These middle schoolers are incredibly diverse and bring their own story to the classroom.

As their teacher, it is my job to help them to embrace and tell that story. To be proud of their first language and to grow into their second. In our class, we work to create a safe space for all students to learn and grow.

My Project

For this project I wanted to focus on picking books that represent the students I serve. I want them to look at the cover of these new books and see faces that reflect themselves. To read these texts and hear stories that mirror their own lives. To help students who don't have similar stories to develop empathy for their peers.

Representation Matters!

I need for my students to see that their stories are worth telling. I hope that they claim the authorship of their own tales, and that perhaps one day, they too, will be immortalized in a book. Books have power, and if students see themselves in a book, hopefully they will feel empowered as well.

Mrs. Sunley
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Four Feet, Two Sandals • Amazon Business $18.00 1 $18.00
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (English and Arabic Edition) • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
My Name Is Sangoel • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
I'm New Here • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
The Arrival • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
We Came To America • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Teacup • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
The Journey • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Colour of Home • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
The Red Pencil • Amazon Business $7.64 1 $7.64
Here I Am • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36

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