(part of a monthly series)

How did you first hear or learn about Books for Keeps?

I learned of Books for Keeps back in 2010 when the Nonprofit launched and at the time was serving only Alps Road families. At the time I worked with FC-CIS in the same role I have now, but with the Whatever It Takes Initiative.

How long have you been volunteering or serving with Books for Keeps?

Picture credit: Rachel Peters @tinfoilcrownart Courtesy of AADM newsletter

This is my first time working with Books for Keeps. But I’ve been encouraging families to engage since the program started.

Why did you choose to serve on the Books for Keeps’ board?

Actually, I love the mission of the organization and am personally a strong support of Literacy. I am incredibly happy to know that I am serving my community in an organization whose focus, vision, and mission is to provide children with literacy support and tools.

Have you worked with other non-profits in the past? Which ones?

I currently work with Family Connection – Communities In Schools of Athens, I have served as an Executive board member of Nancy Travis Project, Slater Foundation for Youth and Strong Base Inc.

What strengths are you bringing to Books for Keeps?

I think I am bringing my experience of working with families in our community. In that, I will be able to share firsthand their perspectives, suggestions, and concerns. But what I’m really excited to bring is my strength of joy. I work to be a person who brings joy with me into situations, and I’m excited to bring that joy to Books for Keeps.

What is your favorite memory from working with Books for Keeps?

My memories again are those from the start. I recall how the Neighborhood Leaders that I supervised back in 2010, whose children were students at Alps Road. These families lived in Pauldoe and I recall they were excited that their children received the 12 books from Books for Keeps that summer. I too remember how the families would exchange those books with each other to ensure their children continued to reach their reading goals. What a joy to have Books for Keeps now serve every CCSD elementary school.

Do you have a keen childhood memory related to a particular book? Or an experience with reading – to yourself or to a loved one?

My keen childhood memory of a particular book would be a Bible Study program that I was a part of. I received a study, read the story, answered the questions, returned them via snail mail received another lesson. Oh the joy of receiving mail in my name, but I also enjoyed having something to read that interested me. Also, I vividly remember being assigned the book, “Little Women” to read and do a book report on. When time arrived to submit my book report, my teacher asked that I present mine orally. I will never forget that!

What is your absolute favorite book?

The Bible, Becoming by Michelle Obama, A Promised Land by Barak Obama, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Person by Stephen Covey, No Opportunity Wasted by Joseph Walker, and a recent addition is Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson.

What would you read if you could only read one book for the rest of your life?

The Bible.

Photo from FC-CIS website