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Ms. Montes from El Cajon CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

This Character Looks Like ME!

Help me give my students a diverse library where they can identify themselves with the characters they read.

  • $589 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach first grade to a group of creative, curious, independent, and very active 6-year-old students in El Cajon, CA. I want them to become life long learners and independent.

Even though many of them struggle at home, they come to school each day eager to try new things and take brave chances in order to grow both personally and academically.

I want them to have the opportunity to flourish and reach their potential. They deserve it and we should help!

My Project

I want to provide a diverse classroom library that will represent every student in my classroom. I have selected various books that I want my students to read and discover characters that look like them and do the things they love to do.

My sweet little first graders should feel proud of their heritage and skin color at all times and everywhere.

As I meditate on current events, I realize that I can create a more inviting classroom library, displaying books about their backgrounds and traditions, where everyone is included.

Ms. Montes
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
What If... • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
3 Pack Handheld Magnifying Glass Authentic 10X Reading Magnifier for Kids Seniors, Creatiee 75mm Thickened Magnifying Lens for Book Newspapers Reading, Hobby Observation, Classroom(Orange+ Green) • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
AlexBasic Book Ends Universal Metal Bookends, Non-Skid Heavy Duty Books Ends for Shelves, Book Support, Book Stopper for Books, Movies, Magazines, Video Games, 6.7 x 5 x 4 inches(3 Pairs/6 Pieces) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
MALLMALL6 60Pcs Sea Animal Scratch Bookmarks Rainbow Scratch Shark Crab DIY Hang Tags Party Favors Ocean Animals Theme Birthday Party Classroom School Supplies Decorations Crafts Games for Kids • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Mommy's Khimar • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Mixed Me! • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
Lucia the Luchadora • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
Hair Love • Amazon Business $9.96 1 $9.96
Hair Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
I Am Perfectly Designed • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Cute Animal Bookmarks for Kids Children Boys Girls, Funny Novelty Ruler Book Marker for Student(60 Pack) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
La Frontera: El viaje con papa / My Journey with Papa (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
My Family, Your Family (Cloverleaf Books ™ ― Alike and Different) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Cinco de Mayo (Holidays in Rhythm and Rhyme) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
It's OK to be Different: A Children's Picture Book About Diversity and Kindness • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
New Shoes • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Out of the Ballpark • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Joha Makes A Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $6.22 1 $6.22
Eureka Peanuts ''I Love to Read'' Snoopy Bookmarks for Kids, 36 Ct, 2'' x 6'' • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Living in . . . Egypt • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Plum Fantastic (Sugar Plum Ballerinas (1)) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

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