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

Travel the World -- In the Library!

My students need up-to-date, high-quality non-fiction books about people and place around the world to spark their curiosity and develop their critical thinking skills.

  • $510 goal

This project expired on September 5, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Imagine a K-8 public charter school with a proven record of success in serving low-income students. A formerly abandoned historic school building in one of the city's most impoverished communities. In the heart of that building, a bright new school library. What's missing from this picture? Books!

As a Title 1 school, nearly 90% of our students come from families living in poverty, but that doesn't stop them from being curious, enthusiastic learners.

No matter how difficult their home lives may be, so many enter our doors each morning bursting with questions and ready to grow. Our goal is to give them the tools they need to succeed in high school, college and beyond, and we know that reading widely is a keystone to that success. We also know that if we don't get books in their hands at school, it may never happen. However, our current collection is small and comprised mainly of donations of library's discards; many books are outdated or in poor condition. Now, as we prepare to move into a newly-renovated building and expand our student body, our students more than ever need a plethora of high-quality reading materials that not only support curriculum standards but also get them excited about reading.

My Project

Most of our students have never traveled out of our city, but the books we are requesting will bring the world in its glorious diversity right into our new library. Our students will use these books not only to build their social studies knowledge but also to develop their 21st century skills: evaluating and analyzing information, comparing and contrasting, making global connections, and contributing their own voices to the discussion. Our goal is to bring the social studies curriculum into the library to engage students in inquiry-based discovery, so they can learn how to access information at the same time that they practice higher-level thinking skills and build content literacy. These books, with their engaging illustrations and high-interest topics, will draw students to in-depth research and exploration. Many of these resources focus on finding the common thread across an array of cultures and places, empowering students to see patterns, sort data, and draw conclusions.

By filling our shelves with high-quality non-fiction books, you are giving our students the means to practice reading for information.

This life-long skill will serve them in any walk of life, setting them on the path to a successful, fulfilling contribution to society. By putting books in their hands, you put the world in their hands.

Mrs. Garcia-Dominguez
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 450 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Britannica Student Atlas • Encyclopedia Britannica $29.95 1 $29.95
Homes Around The World ABC • AKJ Books $19.45 1 $19.45
The United States ABCs • AKJ Books $19.45 1 $19.45
You And Me Together • AKJ Books $18.91 1 $18.91
Birthday Customs Around the World • AKJ Books $17.99 1 $17.99
A Child''s Introduction to the World • AKJ Books $17.96 1 $17.96
Barefoot Books World Atlas - Hardback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.99 1 $16.99
My School in the Rain Forest • AKJ Books $16.16 1 $16.16
Celebrations Around the World • AKJ Books $16.05 1 $16.05
My Librarian Is a Camel • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
A School Like Mine DK Publishing, UNICEF Staff, Contribution • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Up and Down the Andes - Hardback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $14.44 1 $14.44
We All Went on Safari - Hardback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $14.44 1 $14.44
We're Sailing to the Galapagos - Hardback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $14.44 1 $14.44
Wake up, World!: A Day in the Life of Children Around the Wo • AKJ Books $13.86 1 $13.86
If the World Were a Village • AKJ Books $13.83 1 $13.83
If America Were a Village: A Book about the People of the Un • AKJ Books $13.83 1 $13.83
This Child, Every Child • AKJ Books $13.83 1 $13.83
Ninos Del Mundo/ Children Around The World • AKJ Books $13.49 1 $13.49
Around The World • AKJ Books $13.10 1 $13.10
Follow That Map! • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
How I Learned Geography • AKJ Books $12.37 1 $12.37
Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around t • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
My World, My Story • AKJ Books $11.67 1 $11.67
Homes Around the World • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
We're Sailing Down the Nile - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
How the Camel Got Its Hump • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91

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