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Ms. Zaleski from Scranton PA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

When I Read, I See Me

Help me give my students a variety of books to promote diversity and self-awareness through reading.

  • $681 goal

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My Students

My school is pleasingly diverse with students from many different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. My 4th grade students come to school each day eager to learn and ready to tackle any challenge the day brings. I enjoy learning about my students and developing relationships with each of them throughout the year.

My students are enthusiastic, inquisitive, and happy learners.

Our classroom consists of various learning centers, which promote independent and student-driven learning. My students enjoy working together and learning through games. In our classroom, my students feel comfortable taking risks and know its okay to make mistakes. Our classroom is a positive working space where young minds can thrive.

My Project

Equity and diversity are extremely important to build in classroom culture. My goal this year is to bring more awareness to diversity, representation, and inclusion within our classroom. I can encourage and model this by having diverse literature that supports inclusion. Having diverse stories will allow my students to reflect on themselves and open their minds to the lives of all people.

As an educator, a responsibility of mine is to create an environment that encourages children to be themselves, feel accepted, and be mindful of others.

I want all of my students to feel comfortable in their skin and know they belong. Stories such as "Juana and Lucas" by Juana Medina and "The Someday Birds" by Joly Herman will help encourage inclusion in my classroom.

These pieces of literature have the power to inspire my students about themselves along with enlightening readers about lives that others live.

Ms. Zaleski
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Collection 12 Books Set By Jeff Kinney • Amazon Business $64.81 1 $64.81
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $54.99 1 $54.99
Dork Diaries By Rachel Renee Russell 12 Books Collection Set (Puppy Love, Holiday Heartbreak, TV Star, Pop Star, OMG, Skating Sensation, Party Time) [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2017] Rachel Renee Russell • Amazon Business $38.95 1 $38.95
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $25.92 1 $25.92
Big Box of Big Nate: Big Nate Box Set Volume 1-4 • Amazon Business $25.26 1 $25.26
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon • Amazon Business $18.84 1 $18.84
The Trouble Begins: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-3 (The Bad Beginning; The Reptile Room; The Wide Window) • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Gaither Sisters Trilogy Box Set: One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, Gone Crazy in Alabama • Amazon Business $15.76 1 $15.76
Dreamers • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Imagine • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Diary of Janie Ray: Books 1-5! • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Look What Brown Can Do! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Juana and Lucas • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
EngiNerds (MAX) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Arcade and the Triple T Token (The Coin Slot Chronicles) • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Adelita • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Sleepover Scientist #3 (Jada Jones) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Princess and the Pea • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Paper Wishes • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
The Someday Birds • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
The Irish Cinderlad (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Drita, My Homegirl • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
Class Act #2 (Jada Jones) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Yasmin the Superhero • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
My Family Adventure (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95

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