MEDIA ADVISORY JULY 24, 2015
APS Kicks Off 2015-16 School Year with Back-to-School Bash July 25
WHO: APS students and families
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D.
Atlanta Board of Education Chair Courtney D. English
WHAT: The APS Back-to-School Bash is a one-stop shop for all incoming and returning APS students and their families to learn about everything students will need for the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 5. More than 5,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies (while supplies last) will be given away during the event.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015
WHERE: Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Easley Conference Center
1630 Metropolitan Pkwy., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Photo Ops: 12 p.m. Frederick Douglass High School Drumline and other APS students will join Superintendent Carstarphen, Board Chairman English, and members of the Atlanta Board of Education for a festive welcome ceremony.
12:40 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Media interviews with Superintendent Carstarphen
Background: The Back-to-School Bash is the first time Atlanta Public Schools has presented a districtwide event focused on preparing students and their families for Day One—the first day of school. With the help of sponsors and 80 exhibitors, families will receive information about the district’s resources and services, afterschool programs, free books (while supplies last), health screenings, and much more. In addition, families are invited to participate in activities such as door prize drawings, Braves Around Town, Fox5 StormChaser, and to sample menu offerings for the upcoming school year from the Sodexo Food Truck. Admission is free for all APS families. Free shuttle bus transportation will be provided to and from the Bash at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. from the Oakland City MARTA Station, located at 1400 Lee St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 and the following APS schools:
- Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
- Carver High School, 55 McDonough Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30315
- Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
- Jackson High School, 801 Glenwood Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
- Douglass High School, 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
- Mays High School, 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
- Therrell High School, 3099 Panther Tr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
- Washington High School, 45 Whitehouse Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
- South Atlanta High School, 800 Hutchens Rd., SE, Atlanta, GA 30354
Current APS students who require special needs transportation to and from the APS Bash may call 404-802-5513 to schedule a pick-up time and location. For more information about the Bash, visit www.apsbacktoschool.com