We at The Irie Rose Family Charity, Brunch with Bink, and our university community partner, the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University are working together for the 5th Annual Backpack to the Future Book Bag and School Supply Drive.
Our vision is that every child in our community has all the tools they need to be successful in the classroom as they begin the school year. This vision can be hampered for many families in our community whose budgets are already stretched thin. This is where we as a community can step in and support our children.
By focusing on an entire school, over the last 5 years we have given away over 1750 brand new book bags (that the children can choose!) with all the school supplies they need for the year in the bag (based on the official school supply list from the school). In addition, we have helped 2 nursing stations be fully stocked for the year as well. These supplies include (but are not limited to): soap, deodorant, feminine products, children’s underwear and children’s aspirin.
The schools we have sponsored are the following: Dunbar Elementary, Gideon Elementary and Thomasville Heights Elementary. All of these schools are Title 1 schools and over 90% of the students qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. And 100% of these students have greatness waiting for them—we can help them get there!
This year we will be returning to sponsor the 486 students of Thomasville Heights Elementary School and the nursing/student health supplies needed for the year.