May. 26, 2017—Best-selling young adult fiction writer Sharon M. Draper visited the Wyatt Center at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College to motivate and inspire Nashville middle schoolers.
May. 24, 2016—Children's author Christopher Paul Curtis addressed MNPS middle school students at Vanderbilt’s Wyatt Center May 19.
Jun. 5, 2015—Metro Nashville Public Schools fifth- through eighth-graders gathered at Vanderbilt to hear acclaimed children's and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson, thanks to a gift by best-selling novelist James Patterson.
Mar. 17, 2015—Mayor Karl Dean discussed the joys of reading with Metro Nashville Public School students at the March 14 meeting of Patterson RAPS (Read and Play Saturdays). The program, funded by a gift from best-selling author James Patterson, aims to instill a love of reading in participants.
Apr. 9, 2014—Best-selling author James Patterson addressed a gathering of about 100 Nashville middle school students April 8, sharing with them his journey from childhood to successful writer.
Nov. 20, 2013—Saturday mornings are all about reading for the 25 middle school students enrolled in Patterson RAPS, a free program for Metro Nashville Public School students who live in the communities surrounding Vanderbilt.