September 11, 2019
James Patterson donating thousands of dollars to teachers
by Stephanie DeLuca
James Patterson is at it again: donating his money to worthwhile literary causes.
The mega-bestselling author’s latest charitable deeds benefit those who might just need it most—teachers and students. Reported by the Associated Press at ABC News, Patterson is providing grants to 4,500 teachers. Four thousand teachers receive $250 each, to go towards classroom supplies, as well as 250 Scholastic Book Club Bonus Points. (According to Scholastic, points can be redeemed for books and classroom materials.)
The other 500 teachers receiving grants are those with three years or less of experience; they will be given $500 and 500 bonus points.
As it has become the norm for teachers to pay for classroom supplies out of their own pockets—ninety-four percent according to a recent Department of Education survey—Patterson’s grants are working overtime: getting kids the tools they need for education while relieving the financial burden that’s been unfairly placed on teachers.
Patterson—who, according to Wikipedia, has written 147 novels, 114 of which have made the New York Times bestseller list, with 67 of those hitting the number one spot—has developed a reputation for his philanthropy over the years, donating millions to independent bookstores, teachers, and libraries. This holiday season, he’ll be donating $250,000 to indie bookstore employees; if you know a bookseller who deserves a bonus this year, nominations are currently open.
Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.