Teach For America alum Kelsey Uribe (Twin Cities ’12) teaches a group of young readers at Hiawatha College Prep who are eager to discuss the books they are reading and reflect on how these stories connect to aspects of their own lives.

To further develop her students’ sense of identity through literature, Ms. Uribe is working hard to build a classroom library filled with a diverse set of books—with titles that will help her students understand multiple perspectives and allow them to see themselves in the stories they are reading. And in preparation for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, she’s hoping to add books that feature AAPI protagonists to the classroom’s collection.

“Students will learn about the incredible diversity present in this region of the world, and broaden their understanding of just what it means to be Asian American,” Ms. Uribe says. “I’ve researched high-interest titles, and now all that’s left to do is get them in students’ hands.”

To add these titles to her library, Ms. Uribe has turned to DonorsChoose.org to raise funds to purchase books, such as Shooting Kabul, Words in the Dust, and Rickshaw Girls, that her students can use as tools in their pursuit of a more equitable world.

“By providing books that feature people of color, you will help students see themselves in the world as vibrant citizens, part of culture, and eventually, change-makers,” Ms. Uribe says,

Please consider supporting Ms. Uribe’s project today—and thank you, as always, for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.