Frequently Asked Questions

About James Patterson's $1.75 Million Giveaway to Support Classroom Libraries.

What is the Patterson Partnership sweepstakes?

Thanks to the generosity of James Patterson, we are excited to announce that teachers have a chance to win a $500 grant to help build their classroom libraries. Plus winners will also receive 500 Bonus Points from Scholastic Reading Club. A total of 3,500 teachers and classrooms will be selected to win.

How do I enter the sweepstakes?

Go to scholastic.com/PattersonPartnership and fill out the questionnaire.

Am I eligible to enter?

You are eligible to enter the sweepstakes if you are currently a legal resident of the 50 States or the District of Columbia and actively teaching a PreK through 12th grade class in a US school.

When can I apply?

The entry time period is April 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. ET until July 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How are the winning teachers and classrooms selected?

Every week during the entry time period, 250 new winners are randomly selected through a drawing. There is no need to enter more than once—if you do not win, you are automatically entered in the following week’s drawing.

Can teachers win more than once?

No. Teachers can win only one time in the 2017 Patterson Partnership sweepstakes. However, teachers who won Patterson Partnership grants for their schools in previous years are still eligible.

When will the winners be notified/announced?

Weekly winners will be notified as they are selected during the entry time period. The last round of 250 winners (selected August 1, 2017) will be notified on or about August 7, 2017. A “big announcement” will take place on or about September 7, 2017, releasing the complete list of 3,500 winning teachers and classrooms on scholastic.com/PattersonPartnership.

How will the winning teachers receive the $500 grant from James Patterson?

Winning teachers can either have the $500 grant directly deposited into their Scholastic Reading Club account, or they can have a check sent directly to them. If the winners prefer a check, they will be required to complete aW-9 form.

When will the winning teachers receive the $500 from James Patterson?

Grants will be distributed after the “big announcement” on or about September 7, 2017. If the winning teachers chose to have the grant directly deposited into their Scholastic Reading Club account, it will be accessible within two weeks. If the winning teachers chose to receive the grant by check, it will be mailed within two months.

How will the winning teachers receive the 500 Bonus Points from Scholastic Reading Club?

If the winning teachers already have a Scholastic Reading Club account and provided their account number at the time of entry, the 500 Bonus Points will be deposited directly into their Bonus Point Bank. If the winning teachers did not have a Scholastic Reading Club account at the time of entry, we will assist them in creating one in order to receive their prize.