Local officials, community groups organizing school supply drives – Decaturish
By Lucas Hill, Contributor
DeKalb County, Georgia — There are several school supply drives this week, in Avondale Estates, greater Decatur and Clarkston.
Collecting supplies for Avondale Elementary School in Avondale Estates
Through August 5, the annual school supply drive to benefit Avondale Elementary School is co-sponsored by Avondale ACTION, the Avondale Alliance for Racial Justice and the Avondale Elementary School Foundation. The Reader ensures teachers and students have the supplies they need for a successful school year.
There are three ways to contribute:
Participants can drop off items, which can be delivered in collection bins to one of the following home addresses:
– 88 Lakeshore Drive
– 30 Clarendon Avenue
– 738 Stratford Road
Items can also be ordered online. Items can be ordered through the reader’s Amazon wishlist for delivery directly to the reader’s organizers.
The organizers also accept cash donations. Anyone wishing to donate can Venmo @Patti-Ghezzi or contribute cash or check payable to the Avondale Elementary School Foundation. Contact Ghezzi at 404-290-1996 to arrange a payment deposit.
Acceptable supply items for this reader include: #2 pencils, 24 point colored pencils, washable markers, colored pencils, highlighter markers, dry erase markers, copy paper, writing paper, loose-leaf notebook (wide lines), grid paper, primary tablets, index cards, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, Post-It notes, liquid glue, glue sticks, children’s scissors, pocket folders, pocket folders plastic with brads, 1-inch 3-ring binders, dividers, wet wipes, Lysol spray, tissues, Clorox wipes, paper towels, erasers, large erasers, rulers, headphones/headphones, paper plates, Ziploc bags quart, gallon Ziploc bags and bandages.
Complete Bus School Supply Drive in Greater Decatur
On Saturday, July 16, DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will host a special event to help provide underprivileged children with essential school items.
The 3rd Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at two locations: Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Road Northeast, and South DeKalb Plaza, 2726-88 Candler Road, located across from the Gallery at South DeKalb , according to a press release.
“Many families need help because of economic hardship,” Cochran-Johnson said. “By donating essential items, local children can enter the school year with the tools and confidence they need to succeed.”
This event is open to anyone able and willing to donate new and unopened school supplies. The collection organizers ask that used items not be donated and encourage individuals to donate these items to a local organization instead.
“Our Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive has been a huge success over the past two years,” said Cochran-Johnson. “Residents of DeKalb County continue to show up and donate countless items. We are grateful for their kindness and are convinced that many will do the same for our children again this year. »
School supplies are necessary for children of all ages and grades. Suggested items include: backpacks, hand sanitizer, paper, composition-style notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, tape, safety scissors, binders of all sizes, glue sticks , folders, highlighters, wired headphones/headphones, Chromebooks, and TI-84 and TI-85 calculators.
All donations will be given to the DeKalb County School District for distribution to students.
Clarkston Back-to-School Supplies Drive
On Saturday, July 16, DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, in partnership with Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks and DeKalb County School Board members Dr. Joyce Morley and Vickie Turner, will host a supply drive. school hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarkston First Baptist Church, 3999 Church Street.
Standard school supplies will be accepted as donations. Backpacks will be distributed to participants while supplies last – one backpack per child present, one backpack per parent if the child is not present. The DeKalb Board of Health will also provide mandatory school vaccinations as well as other health services and hearing, vision and dental screenings, as well as sharing educational information for children and adults. MedCura will also be on hand to offer COVID-19 vaccines, and Fresh on Dek will offer fresh produce and free produce bags.
There will be food, $100 gift cards, car seats and a live DJ.
Registration for this event is mandatory. To register online, click here. Otherwise, please register in person at the registration table located just outside the entrance.
To volunteer your time and help with the event, register here.
To show your support by sponsoring live music, food, frozen treats and other event activities and services, sign up here.
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