Back-to-school events, giveaways scheduled throughout the county

As July draws to a close, the 2023-24 school year is right around the corner. Municipalities and organizations throughout DeKalb County are planning back-to-school drives, parties and giveaways to help students get back to class with the supplies they need to succeed. Check out more information about back-to-school events coming up:
Countywide
DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is hosting her fourth annual Stuff the Bus events at South DeKalb Mall, located at 2801 Candler Drive in Decatur, and Northlake Mall, located at 4800 Braircliff Road NE in Atlanta, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 22.
Volunteers are needed to help collect donated school supplies and stuff a school bus at each location with supplies that will then be donated to students in need.
Visit commissionerlorrainecochranjohnson.com/dekalb-event/ for more information.

Chamblee
The Chamblee Police Department will host its fifth annual Back-to-School Bash on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Chamblee City Hall lawn located at 3518 Broad St.
During the event, students in Pre-K through eighth grade can receive bookbags and school supplies. There will also be a game truck, bounce house and food.
Donated school supplies for the bash are being collected through July 23 and can be dropped off at the Chamblee Police Department located at 4445 Buford Highway NE or at Chamblee City Hall.
Contact Catherine Powe at cpowe@chambleega.gov or call 470-564-0980 for more information.

Clarkston
Join DeKalb County officials, including DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, DeKalb County School Board member Dr. Joyce Morley and Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks for music, food, health screenings and a backpack giveaway on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clarkston First Baptist Church located at 3999 Church St. in Clarkston.
The DeKalb Board of Health will be on location providing school-required vaccinations along with other healthcare services and Fresh on DeK will be giving away fresh produce as well.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. Contact adbrooks@dekalbcountyga.gov for more information.

Decatur
The ninth annual Back-to-School Ice Cream Social will be held at Exchange Park, located at 2771 Columbia Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 22. Students who attend will receive a free bag of school supplies and families can enjoy a cool ice cream treat as well as playing in the water park.
Contact georgiaspartans@gmail.com for more information about this free event.

Dunwoody
Groovin’ on the Green, Dunwoody’s free summer concert series, will host a special Back-to-School Bash, featuring the band Deep Velvet on Aug. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brook Run Park, located at 4770 North Peachtree Road. Guests are encouraged to walk or ride bikes to the concerts and bring their own picnics or pick up dinner from one of the food trucks that will be participating in the event. Dogs on a leash are also welcome.
Visit dunwoodyga.gov for more information.

Lithonia
On Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., teen students can pick up a free back-to-school survival kit filled with activities, games, relaxation ideas and tips, and a book at the Redan-Trotti Library located at 1569 Wellborn Road.
Visit https://events.dekalblibrary.org/event/8796770 for more information.

Stonecrest
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 6400 Woodrow Road in Stonecrest, will again be giving away 3,000 pairs of sneakers for school-aged children from kindergarten through 12th grade during its 2023 Back to School Shoe Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 12.
Registration for the event is required and must be completed by Aug. 5. The guardian who completes the registration must be present with identification that matches the name on the registration to pick up the shoes, according to church officials.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/NewBirthMBC1/ for more information.

Stone Mountain
Students and families from DeKalb County are invited to Pillars Initiative’s back-to-school picture day and giveaway. At the event, which will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 5, students can have school photos taken as well as pick up donated backpacks, school supplies and other essential items and resources.
The event will be held at Pillars ATL, located at 2056 West Park Place Boulevard Suite D in Stone Mountain.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-school-picture-day-supply-giveaway-registration-673520436757 for more information.

Tucker
Omega Support Center will host its fourth annual Back-To-School Celebration on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4213 Fellowship Road, Suite C, in Tucker. Students will be able to pick up book bags and school supplies at the event.
Registration is required at bit.ly/omegabts729 and all students who live in DeKalb County are eligible to attend.

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