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Ms. Gustafson from Saint Paul MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

You Are What You Read: Books That Represent Me!

My students need books that have characters and places that they can relate to and can excite their reading!

  • $308 goal

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My Students

The classroom is filled with a diverse and inquisitive group of of 4th and 5th grade students. Being a part of the second largest city in Minnesota, the students who make up my classroom represent the diversity of the city. My students walk into my classroom knowing that this is a family. While we may come from different places, speak different languages, and eat different foods, we all learn together.

We take pride in our differences in culture and learn from each other.

Asking questions and seeking the answers for our wondering is what being a student in the Montessori classroom is all about. We treasure finding the answers through doing hands on learning, reading, and researching.

My Project

Reading is a gateway to anywhere in the world...or outside for that matter. The current classroom library is poorly stocked and in need of a makeover, especially with books that represent the students who read them.

Sharing a connection to the book a child is reading encourages them to continue reading.

Having books that my students can see themselves in will encourage them to read and learn. While several of my students are reluctant readers, the few diverse books that we have are usually the ones the students read the most. I want to provide every child in my class to feel represented in the books we read.

Ms. Gustafson
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, Latino, 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.

This project will reach 28 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Buffalo Bird Girl A Hidatsa Story • AKJ Education $16.02 1 $16.02
A Kid's Guide to Latino History More Than 50 Activities • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Romeo and/or Juliet • AKJ Education $14.60 1 $14.60
The Gift of the Crocodile A Cinderella Story • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Only Road • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Freedom Over Me • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Martí's Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $12.52 1 $12.52
As Brave As You • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Love • Amazon Business $11.77 1 $11.77
A Different Pond • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
The Breadwinner : A Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
National Geographic Countries of the World: China • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
National Geographic Countries of the World: Mexico • AKJ Education $9.45 1 $9.45
Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott • AKJ Education $5.91 1 $5.91
Nelson Mandela: "No Easy Walk to Freedom" No Easy Walk to Freedom • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Island Treasures Growing Up in Cuba • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Jumping Tree A Novel • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Diary of Ma Yan The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37

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