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Mrs. Thompson from Seattle WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Understanding Homelessness

My students need to learn about the world around them. Living in a large urban city where they see (and many experience) homelessness first hand our library needs books to address this issue.

  • $689 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our library is the hub of activity for our diverse population with students coming in daily with their families, classes or individually to read books. The school is an urban school with 450 K-5 students.

Our students come from a variety of economic backgrounds with over 60% of our students able to qualify for free lunch.

Also, it is one of the most racially diverse zip codes in the country and they speak a variety of languages at home including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. We have the highest ELL enrollment of any Seattle Public School.

In addition to being economically and racially diverse, our students are academically diverse. We have 2/3 of our school population in an immersion program and are taught core curriculum in either Spanish or Mandarin for half of their day.

My Project

My students want to help others. Providing books about social issues is a critical piece in helping my students to understand and empathize with others. By donating to our project, you will not only help to improve and increase student attention and focus, you will ultimately help to increase their academic achievement. Sharing books in the library, like "What Can a Citizen Do?" will help my students navigate how they can become game changers themselves.

One might argue that the realities of homelessness, poverty and hunger are too much for young learners.

I haven’t found that to be the case. … young children are capable of amazing things, far more than is usually expected of them. … they understand fairness and are deeply moved and highly motivated by the recognition of injustice.

Mrs. Thompson
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dreamers • Amazon Business $18.03 1 $18.03
What Can a Citizen Do? • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Coat of Many Colors • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
I May Not Have A Home: I May Not Have A Home : A Children's Book About Homelessness and Dignity • Amazon Business $17.00 1 $17.00
On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty (The World Around Us) • Amazon Business $15.88 1 $15.88
Mae's First Day of School • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $15.37 1 $15.37
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope • Amazon Business $14.22 1 $14.22
The Lunch Thief • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Maple & Willow Together • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
The Pants Project • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Narwhal's Otter Friend (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #4) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Harbor Me • Amazon Business $12.43 1 $12.43
Breakout • Amazon Business $12.43 1 $12.43
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Just Under the Clouds • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #6) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing! • Amazon Business $9.03 1 $9.03
Supernova (Amulet #8) • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
Big Nate Goes Bananas! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Refugees and Migrants (Children in Our World) • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6): Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $7.45 1 $7.45
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5) • Amazon Business $7.07 1 $7.07
I Can Hear the Sun (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco • Amazon Business $6.54 1 $6.54
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (Reading Rainbow Book) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Awesome Jokes That Every 7 Year Old Should Know!: Hundreds of rib ticklers, tongue twisters and side splitters (Awesome Jokes for Kids) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Awesome Jokes That Every 8 Year Old Should Know!: Hundreds of rib ticklers, tongue twisters and side splitters • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Bad Guys in Do-You-Think-He-Saurus?!: Special Edition (The Bad Guys #7) • Amazon Business $5.93 1 $5.93
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Good for Nothing Button! • Amazon Business $5.58 1 $5.58

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