James Patterson is reaching into his pockets to help make sure students have access to books in their classrooms. The best-selling author is giving $1.25-million to classroom libraries in the fifth installment for his Patterson Partnership, which was formed with Scholastic Book Club.
Patterson is giving $250 each to 4,000 teachers across the country so they can buy books and he’s giving $500 each to 500 teachers with three years or less experience. And to sweeten the deal, Scholastic is matching Patterson with gifts of 250 and 500 bonus points for its book club.
The author has given millions to schools, independent booksellers, and literacy programs in recent years. Patterson says literacy is a “daunting issue,” and that giving kids access to books is an “excellent place to start.”
Teachers who would like to get that money for their classroom libraries can apply for grants on theirwebsitethrough July 31st