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Ms. Baltren from Portland ME is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

We Can See the Future

Help me give my students HOPE! We want to read books that help us build resiliency and set goals for the future.

  • $337 goal

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My Students

Our school serves over 450 Kindergarten through 5th grade students in Portland, Maine.

Our city, community, and our students are very diverse and have a wide range of needs.

We work hard to ensure that we are systematically meeting academic, social/emotional, and other developmental needs of all our students.

As a school counselor, I work with all 450 of these students in some capacity to ensure they all have the skills they need to succeed in school, college, and life.

My Project

Students learn a lot from story-telling, and bibliotherapy is an important part of my work as a counselor. When we talk to kids about being an adult and making good choices, they are sick of hearing from us! Students are much more engaged in hearing from characters that look like them.

Let's move beyond "what do you want to do when you grow up?" The books I've requested help students think about what they want for themselves in the future.

Many of the books are about growth mindset - believing that our ability grows with our effort. Several of the books are about jobs and careers. If we can talk about what we might be good at and set goals for our future, we are more likely to connect what we are learning in school and be motivated to work.

Ms. Baltren
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Dreams Collection: 3-Book Box Set • Amazon Business $34.89 1 $34.89
A Mindset for Learning: Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth • Amazon Business $23.97 1 $23.97
Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
So Many Smarts! • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
What Do You Do With a Problem? — New York Times best seller • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
What Do You Do With an Idea? — New York Times best seller • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
What Do You Do With a Chance? — New York Times best seller • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
What Shoes Will You Wear? Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story • Amazon Business $10.24 1 $10.24
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
What Shoes Will You Wear? • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Bubble Gum Brain Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $8.85 1 $8.85
Grief is Like a Snowflake Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45

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