WES Receives James Patterson/Scholastic Grant
WES Receives James Patterson/Scholastic Grant
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West Elementary has been notified that they 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.  West Elementary was selected from 27, 924 applications for funding grants.

As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one 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 nationwide, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 allocated to each of the 467 selected schools.

“We are so excited that Kristy White, the 6th grade reading teacher here at West Elementary took the initiative to apply for this grant.  We will be using this money to update the library collection to meet the needs and desires of the eager readers here at West Elementary,”-Misty Waldrop, Library Media Specialist.

“These grants are my humble acknowledgement of some of the terrific work taking place in libraries,” says Patterson.  “Here’s to communities supporting school libraries.  Here’s to a country that makes reading a priority.  Here’s to flourishing libraries and to a joyful holiday season!”

“It continues to be inspiring and motivating to work with James Patterson to support school libraries across the country,” said Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club.  “Jim’s unwavering commitment to helping children lead better lives rich with books is transformative.  Scholastic is thrilled to be working in such an effective partnership.”

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.  Applicants were asked to fill out an online application posting the question, “what would your school library do with $1,000 to $10,000?”  The full list of grant recipients is available online at

Any U.S. school with students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade was eligible for a grant.  Patterson hopes that the high volume of requests will raise awareness for the problems facing school libraries today.  To learn more, go to and follow #PattersonPledge on social media.

Pictured in the photo are:
Back row: Misty Waldrop- librarian, Kristy White-6th Grade reading teacher, Dr. Jay Page-principal, Caroline Burress-library assistant
Front Row: Students-Allen J., Olivia C., Faith B., Sasha P.