The Mt. Vernon Middle School library received a $4,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support school literacy initiatives. The funds will be used to refurbish the nonfiction section, specifically biographies, sports/recreation and military topics. The funding plans also include collaborating with language arts teachers on lessons that expose students to popular, current nonfiction books. Top readers who take ownership of the nonfiction collection will celebrate their successes by visiting Barnes and Noble and having lunch. Mt. Vernon Middle School was one of 467 schools selected from nearly 28,000 applicants.
Scholastic Reading Club will also match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other classroom reading materials.
Principal Scott Shipley states, “We are honored to be selected as a grant recipient and are thankful for the support of our reading initiatives. The grant funds used to purchase additional books will include new releases that will help inspire a love of reading. I appreciate the efforts of our media specialist, Dana Hochstedler, in seeking out this generous opportunity and preparing a comprehensive reading initiative.”
As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a priority in the United States, bestselling author James Patterson, together with Scholastic Reading Club, made a commitment to help save school libraries nationwide. This year alone, Patterson personally donated $1.75 million to school libraries, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 allocated to 467 schools.
“These grants are my humble acknowledgement of some of the terrific work taking place in libraries,” said Patterson. “Here’s to communities supporting school libraries. Here’s to a country that makes reading a priority and flourishing libraries!” Patterson hopes that the high volume of requests will raise awareness for the problems facing school libraries today.
Patterson joined forces with Scholastic Reading Club to administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers. School applicants addressed the question, “what would your school library do with $1,000-$10,000?” The full grant recipient list can be found at www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership.