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Back-to-School supply drives help families
'Day of Connections' July 19, 'Cover Me' July 26

The Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families and local agencies and volunteers are coming together July 19 to host the annual Day of Connections resource fair. The fair helps hundreds of families-in-need get students ready for going back to school.

Community members, businesses and nonprofits have donated school supplies to be distributed on July 19. Volunteers have sorted and will be on hand to pass out the school supplies.

The Resource Fair lasts 8 a.m. to noon at Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive.

Beyond distributing school supplies, the Day of Connections Community Resource Fair informs families in need about resources in the community, gives free health screenings and health education, and connects families with other resources to help them succeed in the coming school year.

Donors can drop off supplies at Rockdale Career Academy from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. until Friday. Supplies needed include backpacks, paper, binders, glue, pens, pencils, crayons, scissors and more.

The supplies will be for Rockdale County Public School students only, and families must bring their proof of residency, a picture ID and the students must be present.

Oakhurst Medical Center in Conyers is giving free immunizations at the resource fair. The first 25-30 students, in grades K-12 will receive free vaccines and boosters. Families are asked to bring their immunization records with them.

Oakhurst is also offering free vision and dental screenings, which are required for students enrolling in Rockdale County Public Schools.

For more information on the Day of Connections, call 770-761-9244 or email Rockdale Coaltion Director Michael Hutcheson at


Cover Me

Macedonia Baptist Church is hosting the "Cover Me" Back to School Community Impact Day on Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m. - noon, at 1052 Barton Street, Conyers.

The event will offer food, fun and fellowship for any family in need in the community.

There will be free school supplies for all students and free haircuts for boys in grades K-12.

A yard sale featuring school clothes, including uniforms, will be held, with nothing costing more than $1.

For more information, contact Pastor Billie Cox at 770-922-2661.


Project ReNeWal

The area's only domestic violence shelter for women and families is asking for the community's help to provide school supplies to students staying at the shelter. Project ReNeWal serves Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties and has students attending their home schools in those counties.

Both monetary and school supply donations are needed.

For more information, email Laquisha Thomas at or call 770-761-9333


Food Distribution

Springfield Baptist Church will further aid families with three upcoming food distribution days.

Registration and disribution of the food will be on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

First come, first serve. Recipients must show I.D. to register. Food will be distributed until supplies run out.

The distributions will occur at the Springfield Activity Center, located behind the main sanctuary, at 1877 Iris Drive.

For more information, call 770-929-1111.