Commitment to Action

Stop Summer Slide! Among Georgia's Most Vulnerable Students

Commitment by

Books for Keeps

In 2016, Books for Keeps and its partners committed to expand its flagship book donation program, Stop Summer Slide!, to serve 25 elementary schools annually within three years, more than doubling the 11 schools currently served. Stop Summer Slide! helps children maintain reading skills during summer by inviting each student to choose 12 new books to keep every year. BFK will distribute 315,000 books to 14,400 unique students over the three-year period. BFK will serve 11,000 students annually and reach every child in grades K-5 enrolled in an Athens public school, along with several schools in Atlanta and rural Georgia. Scholastic will handle book inventory and delivery for Books for Keep’s free book fairs outside of BFK’s core service area of Athens. BFK is also launching quarterly family engagement sessions in its service areas to teach interactive reading strategies and provide information on additional free book and e-book services.





Stop Summer Slide! Among Georgia's Most Vulnerable Students



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Books for Keeps

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Clarke County School District, United Way of Northeast Georgia, Learning Ally Athens, Everybody Wins! Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, First Book, Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens, Elbert County School District, Scholastic Inc., Wee Read