Best-selling author James Patterson will be donating $2 million to classrooms across the country, benefiting a total of 4,000 teachers and their students, as a part of his School Library Campaign and annual Patterson Pledge program.
The program is run in coordination with Scholastic Book Clubs and is currently in its fourth year. This year’s donation is an increase from last year’s $1.75 million, and Scholastic is anticipating a record number of applicants for the program, which last year numbered over 80,000. Recipients will be given $500 dollars and 500 Scholastic Book Club Bonus Points to be used for purchasing books for classroom libraries.
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In a press release for Scholastic, Patterson said:
I was humbled to see the overwhelming response to last year’s grant campaign, and I’m happy to reach even more teachers this time around. I can’t underscore enough how important books and reading are to a child’s development – better readers make better people, and ultimately better citizens. I’m so grateful for the teachers who are doing imperative work with students every day, in every school in the country. These grants are my way of acknowledging their extraordinary efforts.
Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Book Clubs, added that teachers are often the best at choosing books suited to their students’ abilities and interests but often have to spend their own money in order to buy new books. “This is why we at Scholastic Book Clubs are truly inspired by James Patterson’s commitment to offer real help to teachers in this work” she said.
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