Can UGA alumni rally to raise 10,000 books for Athens children?

As a UGA alum, you probably have many fond memories of beautiful, quirky Athens G.A. But you might not be aware of the devastating increase in poverty (Athens now ranks #1 in the nation for cities over 100,000 residents), and the toll it’s taking on Athens children.

Books for Keeps began as one UGA alumna’s effort to help an Athens child who loved to read but didn’t own a single book. It’s grown into a research-based program to end “summer slide”, a well-documented achievement loss that occurs in children who don’t read during the summer.

Support Athens children by helping Books for Keeps raise 10,000 more books by April 1st. Every $2 you donate buys 1 – or more – new books for an Athens child.

Books for Keeps will provide books to every student at 5 Athens elementary schools where 90% or more of students qualify for free/reduced lunch. The organization has raised 15,000 books, but needs 10,000 more by April 30th – which means the funds are needed by April 1.

There are 3 ways you can help:

  1. Share our alumni Facebook page with your fellow UGA alumni, to help spread the word
  2. Donate funds via the Books for Keeps Web site. Every $2 buys 1 new book (sometimes more!) If you’d like, specify a memorial or honorary message and Books for Keeps will post it on their Web site.
  3. Donate gently used books. There are drop off locations around Athens, and there will be a book rally in Atlanta in March.