On March 31, we officially announced a partnership with former UGA wide receiver and reading advocate Malcolm Mitchell.

We are so excited to share the details of that partnership here. Our press release announcing the initiative – to give a copy of Malcolm’s book, The Magician’s Hat, to every first-grade student in the Clarke County School District – is below.

To make a donation to this initiative, please visit our Donate page. Make sure to designate your gift toward the Read with Malcolm partnership when you donate. And thanks!

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BOOKS FOR KEEPS PARTNERING WITH MALCOLM MITCHELL TO SPREAD THE MAGIC OF READING TO ATHENS FIRST-GRADERS

ATHENS, GA. – March 31, 2016 –Books for Keeps and former UGA wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell are launching a partnership to ignite a passion for reading in Athens students.

Together, Mitchell and the Athens-based nonprofit plan to provide a copy of Mitchell’s book, The Magician’s Hat, to every first-grade student in the Clarke County School District this spring. Read with Malcolm and Books for Keeps are working together to raise the funds necessary to provide books to all 1,200 first-grade students in Clarke County this May – a $15,000 fundraising endeavor – and are calling on the community’s support.

“The only boundaries are those we create for ourselves,” Mitchell said. “I truly believe that books give kids the opportunity to reach their full potential, to expand their minds and accomplish all of their goals.”

Mitchell published his book after discovering and nurturing a love for reading while he was a student-athlete at The University of Georgia. After struggling to improve his own reading level, he joined a book club and was overwhelmed by the way that reading united him with other people and sharpened his focus [...]