Back-to-school giveaways offering book bags and more

Hundreds of book bags and other school supplies will be distributed by nonprofit organizations, DeKalb County Government, DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, and others.

Families eyeing the start of the new school year can find free back-to-school supplies, health screenings and even a free movie screening at events taking place July 19-27 across DeKalb County.

Hundreds of book bags and other school supplies will be distributed during the events, hosted by nonprofits, DeKalb County Government, DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, and others.

Organizers say they are providing everything from book bags, pen and pencils, notebooks, note papers, crayons,  and the like to help cash-strapped parents ready their children for the 2019-2020 school year which kicks off Aug. 5 in DeKalb County.

Here are some of the events:

DeKalb County’s Back-to-School Giveaway

Kids who show up for the DeKalb County government’s July 19 Back-to-School Giveaway at the Browns Mill Recreation Center in Stonecrest will have the tools to take on the new school year.

The county says the 5 p.m. to  6:30 p.m. event – hosted by DeKalb Human Services Department Office of Youth Services in partnership with the DeKalb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs – will provide backpacks filled with school supplies on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. There will be food, games and music.

All DeKalb County youth ages 6 to 12 years old are eligible, but students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration is not required.

For more information, contact Jashawn Williams at or 404-687-7195.

Sheriff Mann’s 10th Annual Community Day and Back-to-School Event

Some 100 invited students will pick up backpacks filled with school supplies, and bowl with DeKalb Law Enforcement personnel and justice partners at Sheriff Jeffrey Mann’s “Community Day with the Sheriff” on July 19.

The event, which is open only to the invited students, takes place 8:30 a.m.-noon at Stars and Strikes Entertainment Center in Stone Mountain. It is supported by community service agencies and faith-based groups who identified the children for the event.  There will also be pizzas and refreshments, donated by a number of sponsoring agencies. 

Stars and Strikes Entertainment Center owner Tom Walker Sr. says he supports the event to help foster positive relationships between young people and law enforcement.

Event partners include DeKalb County Solicitor General, Superior Court Clerk, District Attorney, DeKalb Clerk of State & Magistrate Court, Department of Juvenile Justice, Police, Marshal, and DeKalb Schools Police.

Stars and Strikes Entertainment Center is at 1741 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, near DeKalb School District headquarters.

City of Stone Mountain Back-to-School Bash

Everything will be free at the City of Stone Mountain’s  annual Back-to-School Bash on July 20.

The festivities, which starts at 6 p.m. includes giveaways of free school supplies, free activities and food, and a free screening of the 2018 science fiction action film "Bumblebee the Movie."

The film, which took in $468 million at the box office, was a spin-off and prequel. The sixth installment of the Transformers film series focuses on the franchise's Bumblebee character. 

Event organizer Kim Cumbie says the back-to-school bash is for all school-aged children. Giveaways will include crayons, notebooks, pencils, notebook paper, rulers, and the like.

“Last year we had over 500 kids,” she said.

The event takes place on the Pavilion lawn behind the depot at 922 Main Street.

Cumbie says that donations and volunteers are welcome.

For more information email

Platform of Hope 3rd Annual Back-to-School Bash

More than 500 book bags will be distributed to low-income families from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 27 at Redan Recreation Center in Lithonia.

The event, which takes place rain or shine, is open to students in kindergarten to grade 12.

Doris Smith, executive director of the nonprofit which feeds, houses and clothes homeless families, and works with former female inmates and other economically disadvantaged families, said their third annual Back-to-School Bash will include a deejay, free food, bounce houses, and a teen scene. DeKalb Fire and Police Departments will participate in the event.

Redan Recreation Center is at 1839 Phillips Road.  

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