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Mrs. Pitts from Sun Prairie WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Using Books as Mirrors. Serving Students with Diverse Titles.

My students need books that represent them! We need books to serve as mirrors to the racial, ethnic, and social diversity of our students!

  • $871 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are fiery, expressive and thrilling. They share their passions and excitement through dance, song, written and spoken word. These students are from a growing community of diverse learners in a sleepy middle class town which used to be farm country.

We hope to offer students books that serve as mirrors into their worlds - via race, culture, class, religion, language, and background.

As students express themselves, and build community in order to make change in the world today, they need stories of resistance, resilience, and positivity.

Please support our k-5 students in learning about race, difference, and culture through culturally relevant texts in every classroom. Together, we can learn about the world, our community, and ourselves.

My Project

These materials will support students, staff, and families who long to see themselves in books. Please support books that bring language, culture and identity into focus in our K-5 classrooms. These books will be used by primary students who are looking to discover themselves- using books as mirrors into the wider world.

Help us to curate a social justice book collection- which will be accessible to students throughout the school.

These resources will help us to bridge the gaps between our farm country past and diverse student communities. We have a long way to go in providing culturally relevant instruction for all kids- and we'd love your help!

Mrs. Pitts
Grades PreK-2

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This project will reach 500 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $4.93 20 $98.60
Fatima and the Clementine Thieves • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $18.41 1 $18.41
Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls • Amazon Business $17.46 1 $17.46
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Mixed Feelings: An Illustrated Guide For Biracial and Multiracial Kids and their Families • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song • Amazon Business $14.63 1 $14.63
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World) • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Grandma's Tiny House • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico's Folkloric Ballet • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
I Am Mixed (I Am Book) • Amazon Business $13.08 1 $13.08
What Do You Do With a Chance? • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Festival of Colors • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters • Amazon Business $12.03 1 $12.03
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Grand Canyon • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Bronze and Sunflower • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Stef Soto, Taco Queen • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Come With Me • Amazon Business $11.82 1 $11.82
Love • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Why Am I Me? • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists • Amazon Business $10.74 1 $10.74
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $10.66 1 $10.66
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Crossing Ebenezer Creek • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Mixed Me! • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Most People • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
All American Boys • Amazon Business $6.37 1 $6.37
My Best Friend • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Holi Colors • Amazon Business $5.77 1 $5.77

Materials cost

$699.24

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.49

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$739.73

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$130.54

Total project goal

$870.27

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$870.27

6 Donors

-$769.21

Donations toward project cost

-$654.73

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$114.48

match offer

-$100.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.06

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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