With the countdown to the end of summer vacation now down to a few days, final preparations are picking up. Stores were busy with the sales tax holiday Friday and Saturday and a big crowd turned up at the First African Baptist Church on Saturday for the Back-to-School giveaway combination fun, food and games event. Haircuts were also given to students who needed one to get prepared for the upcoming return to the classroom.
“We gave away all of the 440 book bags that we had and it was only a few people short,” said Norman Garrett of Concerned Citizens of Walton County, one of the five local organizations that contributed to the event. Other organizations involved included Future Leaders of America, First African Baptist Church, Mount Enon Baptist Church and Shepherd’s House.
Garrett said they were taking down the names of any students who didn’t manage to get a bag and would make sure they got the supplies they needed.
There is also an Back to School Giveaway this coming weekend at the American Legion Post 64 in Monroe. Click on this link for more information. In addition, Communities In Schools of Walton County gives these supplies out throughout the school year at Walton County schools. “Fill the Bus” donation centers were set up outside the Loganville and Monroe Walmart stores this past weekend to collect supplies for the program.