SMS wins grant for library
SMS wins grant for library
Posted on 12/21/2015
Selbyville Middle School has received a $3,000 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.

SMS was selected from 27,924 applications for funding.

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 school libraries nationwide.

This year, Patterson donated $1.75 million to school libraries, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to each of the 467 selected schools.

“Selbyville Middle School is incredibly honored to have received this grant from James Patterson and Scholastic,” SMS teacher Betsy Bare said. “We plan to purchase both fiction and non-fiction books to update our library collection. Not only will we purchase books to assist students when they are conducting research projects, but we also will purchase high-interest novels in order to continue to foster a love of reading for our students.”

Selbyville Middle School was one of only two schools in Delaware to receive the grant.

“These grants are my humble acknowledgement of some of the terrific work taking place in libraries,” Patterson said. “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.”