Christmas comes in May to children from low-income families in Athens. That’s when Books for Keeps gives 12 books to every child attending a Clarke County elementary school where 90% or more of students qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. For May of 2013, this means 5 schools with 2,100 students.

The challenge: 54 students still need sponsors. 

Will you give the gift of reading this holiday season? $25 provides 12 books plus a tote bag to one student. $480 sponsors an entire class. Here’s how.

Why 12 books? We’re working to end summer slide in Athens, and we’ve modeled our program after the methods used in a study that found a solution – and keeps kids reading all summer long.

Books for Keeps Needs Your Help

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Sponsor a Child
$25 provides 12 books for 1 child (a full summer of reading!), plus a tote bag to carry the books. Make it a gift and we’ll email you a certificate you can wrap and put under the tree. 

Sponsor a Class and Send Us Your Story
Whether it’s your business, your book club, a church group or tennis team – sponsor a class, send us some pictures, and we’ll tell your story on our blog. $480 will provide 12 books per child to an entire class of students, and your story will inspire others.

Holiday Gifts
Make a donation of any amount in someone’s name for the holidays, and we’ll email you a gift certificate you can print and present as your gift.

Memorial Gifts
Make a donation of any amount in memory of a loved one, and we’ll send a letter to the family or recipient of your choosing. Or, sponsor a class in your loved one’s memory, and we’ll share your memorial on our blog, complete with pictures.

The Wimpy Kid Fund
We have an amazing opportunity to buy our #1 student-requested book for just $3.05 per copy. Released in November each year, the newest Wimpy Kid title is, without fail, our #1 requested book each May. Your $3.05 donation will bring a huge smile to a child’s face!

Ready to help? Here are the details. And don’t forget to tell somebody.