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Patterson RAPS

Novelist inspires MNPS middle schoolers to pursue the writing life

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.

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Inspiration is everywhere, author tells Nashville middle-schoolers

May. 24, 2016—Children's author Christopher Paul Curtis addressed MNPS middle school students at Vanderbilt’s Wyatt Center May 19.

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‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ author inspires MNPS students

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.

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Mayor shares love of reading with Patterson RAPS participants

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.

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Novelist to middle schoolers: ‘Read a ton, write every day and find your voice’

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.

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Saturday morning program at Peabody gives local students free books, encourages reading

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.

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