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Penderlea School receives grant from James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for school library

posted Nov 21, 2016, 9:30 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 9:30 AM ]
Penderlea School receives grant from James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for school library

PENDER COUNTY — Penderlea School received a $6,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. Penderlea was selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants.

Penderlea Media Specialist Linda Smith, who applied for the grant, said the funds will be used to replace lost library books and also to bring an author to visit.

“I am really excited about getting the grant,” Smith said, adding that it will allow her to complete an extensive book order. “I’ll get student and teacher input. Then, there are some books that I really feel need to be here in the library. I have a lot of ideas.”

James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate $1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, selected school libraries will be receiving grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since the grant program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries nationwide, with all funds are being personally donated by Patterson.

“Last year’s ‘Patterson Pledge’ showed communities nationwide how important school libraries are, but also how gravely desperate they are for books to fill their shelves in the midst of steep budget cuts,” said Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club. “The amazing outpouring from schools combined with the continued generosity of James Patterson helped us solidify a second year of grants to help more children have access to high-quality books and, ultimately, revive school libraries. We are proud to announce this year’s new grant recipients and thank James Patterson for his continued personal commitment to save school libraries.”

In the first-ever partnership of its kind, Patterson joined forces with Scholastic Reading Club to administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers. Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients of the grants.