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Eisenhower Elementary receives contribution from bestselling author

James Patterson, who has written more #1 New York Times bestselling books than any other author, has made a personal donation to Eisenhower Elementary. The school was selected from nearly 28,000 applications submitted to the author for funding.

Only 467 schools throughout the nation were selected to receive grants, which are part of Patterson’s ongoing effort to keep reading a high priority in the United States. The author personally donated $1.75 million to school libraries with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Eisenhower Elementary received a $4,000 grant.

“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!”

As part of the initiative, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms.

Kelsey Barker, Eisenhower Elementary librarian, applied for the grant, which will be used to implement Family Literacy Nights and offer extended evening hours at the school library for students, families and community members. Funds also will be used to purchase materials that appeal to struggling readers and helpful materials for parents to check out.

 “This is a wonderful example of how innovative thinking benefits our students, their families and the community,” NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano said. “Student and family engagement is extremely important to advance literacy and we are honored to be recognized for our creativity by such a well-respected author.”