North, Middle and South Georgia parents looking for help financially with back-to-school supply needs have a lot of options across the state in advance of Georgia’s tax-free shopping days. The tax-free weekend is July 31 and August 1, according to the state’s website, which also provides families with a 2015 Sales Tax Holiday Guide PDF, so they can more easily understand what is tax-exempt and what is not. But countless television stations across the state are keeping people informed as well as online news outlets.
For example, on July 26, 13WMAZ released this back-to-school listing regarding school supply giveaways in Macon: 14 area businesses and churches will be giving away school supplies to those who attend their events beginning as early as Sunday, July 26 at an 11 a.m. service at the Bethel CME Church located at 1668 Pio Nono Avenue, where the Macon-Bibbs School Superintendent Curtis Jones will be in attendance as children are presented their free school supplies. Other businesses in the area giving away back-to-school items include the Macon-Bibb County Health Department on July 30 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Union Baptist Church on August 1from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (including free haircuts), as well as others on this list.
Also in Macon, Tthe fourth annual free back-to-school supply giveaway courtesy of the Macon Bar Association, the Bibb County School District, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Amerigroup will take place on July 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southwest Magnet High School and Law Academy located at 1775 Williamson Road in Macon, according to WGXA. Free refreshments will be offered to all attendees, adults and children.
In North Georgia free supply back-to-school events began on Saturday, July 25, but churches and other organizations continue to update daily on scheduled activities and events to be held in advance of the beginning of school for the 2015-2016 school year. Continue to check back with the Examiner for more details.
The Children’s Restoration Network began their Back 2 School drive on July 1, but it will run through August 9, for those who want to donate items or help volunteer to prepare the bookbags and supplies to be handed out to homeless children on August 9 at East Roswell Park, located at 9000 Fouts Road in Roswell. A thousand children are expected to attend, so CRN hopes the community will come out to assist. In addition to the scheduled bookbag school supply handout on the 9th, CRN also plans to provide health, sports and cheer-leading physicals, eye exams and dental screenings, as well as free haircuts and lots of fun, snacks and BBQ for those in attendance. The event hours are noon until 6 p.m.
The Kid Zone Network, a group of single parents seeking to make a difference in the lives of families who could benefit from discounted services for clothing and more will be having their inaugural event on Sunday, July 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., in which parents are encouraged to attend and bring their children’s slightly used clothing in order to exchange with other families likewise equipped, so families can network with one another for the items their children may need, and which your kids have (and are still in good condition) and vice versa. The event will take place at Taylor-Brawner Hall, located at 3180 Atlanta Road in Smyrna, according to WSB TV.
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