A seven-year-old girl from California, USA, is on a mission to raise money that will bring multicultural stationery and books to classrooms with the aim of promoting diversity in schools.
According to CBS News, Madison Wilson has already raised over $20 000 (R337 500) for her cause, which will see crayon brand Crayola’s new range of crayons – which includes more colours to advance inclusivity – brought to her school.
Madison’s mother, Tameka "Vashti" Wilson, told the publication the idea to raise money came when Madison expressed frustration about the lack of diverse characters in the movies she watched and in the books she read. “Madison asked me, her mom, why there weren't more brown people in the books she read," Vashti told CBS News via Facebook Messenger.
"I told her about how, when I was a kid, my favourite books had blonde, blue-eyed girls in them and how I rarely saw a girl that looked like me. Madison loves to read and wanted to bring books to her school that featured kids of all colours," she added.
On her GoFundMe page, which is called Help Fill Madi’s Treasure Box, Madison explains the reason behind her fundraiser.
“I'm raising money to donate multicultural crayons and books with diversity to my school. Sometimes there are only books with peach kids, and there should be books with brown kids like me too,” she says before detailing what she’ll do with the money.
“My goal is to donate 1 000 crayon boxes and 500 books with all sorts of main characters. Will you please help me? I have to raise the money by 15 July 2020. Each teacher will receive 25 packs of multicultural crayons, one ream of multicultural construction paper, and a set of books with diverse characters,” she concludes.
Having surpassed her initial goal of raising $17 500 (R295 400), Madison and her mother are now planning to get the diverse books and stationery to four other schools in California. The pair will also start a non-profit "that can bring multicultural tools to classrooms across the nation”.