Clearly Books for Keeps needs someone to take over our communications “department.” I can’t believe my last update was in June. So much is happening; let’s just jump right in…
1. Clinton Global Initiative!!!
I was honored – beyond honored – to be invited to the Clinton Global Initiative’s summer conference, CGI America. Our participation required a public commitment to do something new, or to significantly expand an existing program.
And what a commitment we made….
“In May of 2012 Books for Keeps will provide 12 high-interest books for summer reading to every elementary school student attending an Athens-Clarke County school where 90% or more of students qualifies for free/reduced meals. Books for Keeps will repeat this program for a minimum of three years at each qualifying school. By May of 2013 Books for Keeps will expand beyond Athens-Clarke County, beginning with a rural Georgia school and an inner-city Atlanta school, to reach children who might otherwise lack books for summer reading.”
Remember how we added schools one at a time last year, as we collected more books? Not this year. We’ll find out in October which schools hit the 90% mark, but based on last year’s data we could be reaching 2,500 or more kids. Let me do the math: that’s 30,000 books, compared to 12,000 this past May. And that doesn’t even include middle and high school books; we’ll continue collecting those too.
To miss this goal would mean (very) public humiliation, not to mention disappointing a former U.S. President. I hope you will help, any way you can.
Finally! We’re starting [...]