Stop Summer Slide!

PSA_2799Our flagship program, Stop Summer Slide!, provides 12 books per child in the elementary schools we serve. In 2020, Stop Summer Slide! served the children of all 14 Athens elementary schools plus Downtown Academy, two schools in Atlanta, two schools in Elberton, and one school in Warrenton. Our plans had to shift considerably in spring 2020 due to the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we managed to package and deliver more than 68,500 books directly to the homes of students we serve – thanks to volunteers, community partners, and supporters like you. Read more about that effort at our blog.

And it works! Click here to visit our Program Evaluation page and learn more about how we’re demonstrating BFK’s impact on student reading scores.

When we are able to operate from the schools, the children come, one class at a time, to their school media center and select the books they would most like to own. Volunteers help children find the books they want, and ask the students questions that help us align our book-collection needs for the following year.

We do it just in time for summer, and we bring a large supply of new and like-new books with exciting covers and contemporary titles. If we want children to read over summer without any encouragement from an adult, the books have to be exciting!


The BFK schools

PSA_3298In Athens, Books for Keeps serves the following elementary schools:

  • Alps Road Elementary School
  • Barnett Shoals Elementary School
  • Barrow Elementary School
  • Chase Street Elementary School*
  • Cleveland Road Elementary School
  • Downtown Academy
  • Fowler Drive Elementary School
  • Gaines Elementary School
  • J.J. Harris Elementary School
  • Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School
  • Stroud Elementary School
  • Timothy Road Elementary School*
  • Whit Davis Elementary School
  • Whitehead Road Elementary School
  • Winterville Elementary School

Elementary schools served elsewhere in Georgia:

  • Benteen Elementary School, Atlanta
  • Dunbar Elementary School, Atlanta
  • Elbert County Elementary School, Elberton
  • Elbert County Primary School, Elberton
  • M.E. Freeman Elementary School, Warrenton

*Indicates a school to be added in 2020

Pre-K program

Books for Keeps collects gently-used beginning reader books for pre-K students at our partner schools. We distribute these books to children through the media specialists, several times a year. It’s never too early for a child to own a book!

Middle & high school programs

From young adult titles to adult best-sellers, BFK collects gently-used books suitable for middle and high school students. The books are distributed to students through the media specialists at each school, usually at the end of each school year.

DSC_07111-300x214The BFK expansion

In 2011, Books for Keeps committed to the Clinton Global Initiative to continue providing 12 books to every student attending an Athens elementary school where 90 percent or more of students qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. BFK also committed to expand to one rural Georgia school, and one inner-city Atlanta school.

In 2013, two more Athens schools reached the 90-percent mark. And in 2014, Books for Keeps followed through on its commitment, reaching these additional Athens schools, as well as the two schools outside Athens, for the first time. This nearly doubled the reach of the Books for Keeps program to 3,800 students from 2,000 students. Since then, Books for Keeps has expanded to serve students in 20 partner schools. The next phase of growth for Books for Keeps will focus on building more programming to support skills-building and reading in the home. Read about our strategic plan here.