Help needy Bibb County students with these school supply drives

Jason Downey
Jason E. Downey serves as the Vice-President and District 6 Board of Education Member for the Bibb County School District. He also practices personal injury law and mediation at The Downey Law Firm, LLC in Macon, Georgia. (www.downeylawga.com) To contact Jason with any questions or ideas for an article, call 478-319-4876 or e-mail him at jasonedowneylaw@cox.net. Photo courtesy Jason Downey.

Ah yes, it’s that time of the year again. Many parents start singing the lyrics, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Although Andy Williams was talking about the Holiday season around Christmas, Bibb County parents start it up just before school starts in early August.

Most children do not have the same reaction.

In all seriousness, it IS that time of the year again when Bibb County Public Schools welcomes students back to all of our Elementary, Middle and Schools, as well as our Academies and Programs. We have over 35 different facilities that will be welcoming children this year, and it’s important that our community is ready for this.

One way individuals can help out is by attending one of our back-to-school events and school supplies giveaways. We’ve already had two events with various partners around the county, but there are still several events before students come back to school on August 1, 2016. This is the time we say “ALL HANDS ON DECK!” We certainly can use your help at these drives- either through a financial donation, or by volunteering at one of the below events:

Stone Edge Church Back-to-School Giveaway
Saturday, July 23: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Stone Edge Church, 5659 Zebulon Road

Rutland High School Back-to-School School Supply Giveaway Event
Saturday, July 23: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rutland High School, 6250 Skipper Road

Second Annual Grab Bag School Drive
Saturday, July 23: 1-4 p.m. at 4076 Houston Avenue. Hosted by Central City Lodge #12 and Central Chapter #46 Prince Hall Masonic family.

Mentors Project and Just Children School Supplies Giveaway
Friday, July 29: 8 a.m. at Ballard-Hudson Middle School, Southfield Elementary School and Miller Magnet Middle School

Raiderfest 2016 (for Northeast-zoned schools)
Saturday, July 30: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Northeast High School

WellCare & Partners Back to School Event
Saturday, July 30: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Buck Melton Community Center, 150 Sessions Drive

For more information about how you can help out at one of these events, contact Stephanie Hartley in the Bibb County Schools Communications Department at 478-765-8620.

Also, remember that kids will be out walking to school and catching rides on school buses. Please be mindful as you drive, especially at the beginning of the year. Speed Zones around schools and Stop Signs on buses are there for our children’s safety!


Jason E. Downey serves as the Vice-President and District 6 Board of Education Member for the Bibb County School District. He also practices personal injury law and mediation at The Downey Law Firm, LLC in Macon, Georgia. (www.downeylawga.com) To contact Jason with any questions or ideas for an article, call 478-319-4876 or e-mail him at jasonedowneylaw@cox.net.

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