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Mrs. Townsend from Neptune Beach FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Really Are More Alike Than Different!

Help me give my students an amazing library of books to help them be more compassionate and caring. We really are more alike than different and these books will help them seek out what we have in common.

  • $568 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We are a Participatory Level Academics (PLA) classroom in Florida. Our students are functioning on the lowest cognitive level and their disability is often accompanied by physical limitations and delayed development. We use the MOVE (Movement Opportunities via Education/Experience) curriculum. It focuses on sitting, standing and walking. Many of our students have come in completely immobile and after a few years, they are ambulatory.

Even small gains are so exciting that we celebrate big time!

We work on independent functioning skills all day long. Many students learn to feed themselves, potty on the toilet and access the school setting in age appropriate ways.

My Project

We are giving our library an extreme makeover. Our students and families have been raising money to help make the changes even more dramatic and user friendly. We're planning to paint, put in fresh carpet, add flexible seating areas, and of course, add new books. Many of our books are as old as our students' grandparents!

Our school has a large population of students with a variety of differences, both physical and intellectual.

These books will help bridge those differences, build on the commonalities, grow bonds, and give students ideas on how to become a more cohesive, inclusive community.

This project will help everyone feel more included, more accepted, and more willing to reach out. I'm excited to see the library set up with a section bringing us all together!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kindness Starts With You - At School • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
Ivy the Very Determined Dog • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
What Should Danny Do? School Day (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Ben's Adventures: Day at the Beach • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
Firenze's Light: A Children's Book about Gratitude, Compassion and Self-Appreciation • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything • Amazon Business $14.09 1 $14.09
What Should Darla Do? Featuring the Power to Choose • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Where Oliver Fits • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
The Masterpiece (One Big Canvas) • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
My Brother Charlie • Amazon Business $13.48 1 $13.48
All My Stripes: A Story for Children With Autism • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
This Kid Can Fly: It's About Ability (NOT Disability) • Amazon Business $12.84 1 $12.84
We'll Paint the Octopus Red • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Susan Laughs • Amazon Business $12.67 1 $12.67
The Classroom Mystery: A Book about ADHD (SEN Superpowers) • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
Only You Can Be You: What Makes You Different Makes You Great • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
Last to Finish, A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
The Prince Who Was Just Himself (A Prince Noah Book) • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf: A Story About Bullying • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Since We're Friends: An Autism Picture Book • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
Rain Reign (Ala Notable Children's Books. Middle Readers) • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
The Playground Problem: A Book about Anxiety (SEN Superpowers) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
A Friend for Henry: (Books About Making Friends, Children's Friendship Books, Autism Awareness Books for Kids) • Amazon Business $8.19 1 $8.19

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