Georgia Department of Education staff members donate backpacks to APS Truancy Center

By Kimberly Willis Green

Staff members from the Georgia Department of Education delivered backpacks filled with school supplies to Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) Truancy Center Aug. 14. The “back-to-school packs” donated by GaDOE staff were distributed to schools in south and middle Georgia, along with seven metro-area school districts, including APS.

Over the summer, Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods heard from educators and parents about the need for donated backpacks and school supplies in Georgia’s schools. In response, he asked GaDOE staff members to come together as an agency and donate backpacks stuffed with school supplies for Georgia students.

Atlanta Public Schools social worker Uraina Scott and Andy Carpenter of the Atlanta Police Foundation pictured with backpacks donated by the Georgia Department of Education. Photo credit: GaDOE
Atlanta Public Schools social worker Uraina Scott and Andy Carpenter of the Atlanta Police Foundation pictured with backpacks donated by the Georgia Department of Education staff. Photo credit: GaDOE

“When I heard that students were in need of backpacks and supplies, I wanted to come together and do what we could to help,” Superintendent Woods said. “Our role is to support schools and districts in any way possible. This is a simple gesture, but I hope it was a meaningful one for the students who received backpacks and supplies.”

The GaDOE hopes to expand the drive and make it a statewide event next summer.

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