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Sligh Middle School Receives Grant from Author James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for School Library

November 18, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (November 18, 2016) – Sligh Middle School received a grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms.

Sligh Middle School was chosen for the second year in a row among thousands of applications. This year, the grant, totaling $3,000, will provide high-interest diary-style and illustrated fiction, including manga, graphic novels, and comic books to replenish their collection. This collection serves all students, especially those who are reluctant readers and those who are English-language learners.

Through educator pricing and community partnerships, the school plans to stretch those dollars to purchase nearly $4,000 worth of books.

Last year, Sligh received $2,500 in grant money from the Patterson Partnership which went specifically for Sligh’s advanced readers to ensure they had more challenging and high-interest books.

James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March that Patterson would donate $1.75 million to 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 received 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.


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