Backpack, school supply giveaway event planned

Local officials, including a county commissioner and city mayor, are coming together to host an event that will provide teachers, students and their families with school supplies and support.

On June 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clarkston First Baptist Church, located at 3999 Church St. in Clarkston, officials and volunteers will be handing out free backpacks and school supplies. At the event, hosted by Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks, and Pastor Karl D. Moore, members of DeKalb Public Health will also be present to administer school-required vaccinations along with other health care services and screenings, stated officials.

Along with backpacks, officials will be giving away car seats and conducting safety demonstrations.

Teachers working for DCSD who attend will also receive classroom supplies for free, according to a news release. Officials said a DeKalb County educator badge is required for teachers and staff seeking supplies.

Food, entertainment and a live DJ will also be at the event, according to Bradshaw’s website.

One backpack with supplies will be distributed per child in attendance, or one backpack per parent if the child is not attendance, states the website. Car seats will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis, said officials.

Volunteer and donation opportunities for the event are still available. For sponsorship opportunities visit, or email Alesia Brooks at

The teachers’ supply registry can be found at Volunteer sign up is available at

To register for a car seat and the car seat safety demonstration, visit

The first day of school for DCSD for the 2024-25 academic year is scheduled for Aug. 5.


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