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Mrs. Giffin from Birmingham AL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Read to Know We Are Not Alone, C.S. Lewis

My students need a classroom library where the majority of books mirrors their race. If they can see themselves in the books they read they WILL read more.

  • $209 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"I hope my son will make it to 10th grade like me!" is a statement I heard from one of my student's dad. Under the right circumstances, his son is completely capable of becoming a successful college educated adult. The students in my classroom are faced with unimaginable challenges daily. Being a Title I School located within the inner city of Birmingham, Alabama, the majority of our students live in government housing. All students at my school receive a free breakfast and lunch. For some of them, these are the only meals they may receive the entire day. Many are given food bags to take home over the weekend.

My Project

We need more quality books in our classroom library. It is a struggle to get children to be still and read. I believe they will enjoy reading if they can see themselves in a book. Our class library needs to mirror the race of the students in my classroom.

Educators, caretakers and advocates must ensure that all children have access to diverse images and stories that affirm identity and support development.

Books that celebrate diversity teach children that it is okay to self-express, identify, and create their own definition of Blackness, in a society that often discourages black children from authoring their own narratives. Books about black girls and boys provide concrete alternatives to negative stereotypes about black women and men frequently perpetuated by popular media.

Mrs. Giffin
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 5 $40.00
Won't Know Till I Get There • Amazon Business $6.99 5 $34.95
President of the Whole Fifth Grade (President Series) • Amazon Business $5.22 5 $26.10
Rube Goldberg's Simple Normal Humdrum School Day • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.32 1 $6.32
Scholastic Reader Level 4: Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists: Five Brilliant Scientists (level 4) • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74

Materials cost

$134.62

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$10.97

3rd party payment processing fee

$2.02

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$177.61

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$31.34

Total project goal

$208.95

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$208.95

2 Donors

-$140.00

Donations toward project cost

-$122.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.25

match offer

-$64.54

Match offer toward project cost

-$54.86

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$9.68

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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