Mt. Comfort Middle School receives $4,000 library grant

GREENFIELD — Mt. Vernon Middle School’s library is about to get an update, thanks to a grant from a bestselling author. 

The school received a $4,000 grant to refurbish the nonfiction section, particularly biographies, sports/recreation and military topics, according to a press release. The funding also will go toward collaborating with language arts teachers to create lessons exposing students to popular current non-fiction books. 

Mt. Vernon Middle School was one of 467 schools awarded grants out of nearly 28,000 applicants. 

James Patterson teamed up with the Scholastic Reading Club to administer funding applications to 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers, and personally donated $1.75 million in grants. The grants were from $1,000 to $10,000, according to a press release from Mt. Vernon Schools Corp. 

“We are honored to be selected as a grant recipient and are thankful for the support of our reading initiatives,” Mt. Vernon Middle School principal Scott Shipley said. “The grant funds used to purchase additional books will include new releases that will help inspire a love of reading.”

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or