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Alumni help keep books in the hands of Athens-area children

Congratulations to Leslie Hale (MPA ’13), who was recently named executive director of Books for Keeps. Hale will be assisted by a number of Bulldogs as she settles into this role:

  • -- Merryn Walker (BBA ’95), Books for Keeps board member
  • -- Melaney Smith (BBA ’89), Books for Keeps founder and board member
  • -- Whitney Goodstone (BBA ’89), Books for Keeps board member
  • -- UGA Associate Professor Vicky Wilkins, Books for Keeps board president
  • -- UGA Assistant Professor Kimberly Klonowski, Books for Keeps board member

Books for Keeps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to end the “summer slide” of students whose reading levels falter during the summer months – often due to their inability to obtain reading material. Smith established Books for Keeps in 2009 after attempting to provide books for a young girl who loved read, but didn’t own a single book. As Smith embarked on this endeavor, she realized the girl was not alone.

By 2011, Books for Keeps distributed 12,000 books through its signature program, Stop Summer Slide. Last year, that number doubled as Books for Keeps expanded its reach to five elementary schools that enrolled a large population of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches.

Congratulations to Leslie, Merryn, Melaney, Whitney, Vicky and Kimberly on continuing to grow this important program. Seeing our alumni and faculty/staff members making an impact in our community never ceases to put a smile on my face. I encourage other alumni to learn more about this organization by visiting

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