College partners with local nonprofit to gift books to local schoolchildren

Shaylin Foster was a student at Grovetown High School when her life was cut short by a car accident in 2018. Today, May 15, she would have been 21 years old.

In celebration of her life and her love of reading, her mother, Chasity Foster, has partnered with the Augusta University Literacy Center for an annual book drive called Books for Shay. Foster collected more than 5,000 books, and volunteers sorted through them by reading level.

Yesterday, teachers and volunteers with the partnership – led by Dr. Kim Barker and Dr. Darla Linville – gifted hundreds of books to students at Jenkins-White Elementary School in remembrance of Shaylin.

Each book donated comes with a stamp inside that says, “Smile for Shay.” Extra books will be donated to the schools closest to the Hub, which will be the new home of the AU Literacy Center.

This is the second year of the Literacy Center’s partnership with Books for Shay. For more information on the book drive, visit

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