NEW YORK (AP) – Thousands of educators receive a grant of $ 500 from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Whether students learn virtually at home or in class, the importance of reading cannot be overemphasized,” Patterson said in a statement Tuesday.
Reading teaches children empathy, gives them an escape when they need it most, helps them cope with harsh reality, and perhaps more importantly, it will remind them that they are not alone – even if they tell their teachers, classmates and friends in person, ” he said.
The scholarship program is administered by Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs, which will give teachers 500 club points in addition to Patterson’s $ 500. Of the more than 100,000 applicants, 5,000 teachers receive grants and club points.
Tuesday’s announcement marks the sixth installment in the Patterson Partnership for building home and school libraries. Patterson, one of the world’s best-selling novelists, has given more than $ 11 million to teachers, along with millions he has donated to bookstores, libraries, and literacy organizations.