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Review for Books for Keeps, Athens, GA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Books for Keeps is an amazing non-profit in Athens, GA that has a very specific and focused mission - to provide books for children that might not otherwise have access to them over the summer school break. It has been shown that kids who do not read over the summer experience "summer slide" and start out the new school year at a disadvantage. Our community has a very high poverty rate and this one non-profit is doing something tangible to help bring equity to our community.

Books-for-Keeps is dedicated to making sure all kids in our community get 12 brand new books at the end of the school year so they can read over the summer. I have watched children react with unparalleled joy and excitement when they get to choose 12 books to take home. It is like Christmas in May!

BFK spends the year raising funds to buy these books so children have an incredible range and variety to choose from. The organization is extremely well run, has a fabulous small staff, and an amazing volunteer base, and will soon reach every K-5 school child in our county with hopes to expand to the entire state. What an amazingly simple yet effective goal - to help children learn the joy and passion of becoming a life-long reader. I have been involved in all phases of book acquisition, fund-raising, and book distribution and it has become my favorite non-profit to date!

Role:  Volunteer