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Families First Brings Community Together for Back-to-School Bash Promoting the Power of Resilience and Education to Get Families Ready for Back to School

The past year and a half of COVID-19 changed our Atlanta community and brought with it many hurdles in providing the necessary resources and supplies for our children and their schooling experience. On July 24, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Families First, Starbucks, Target, and Kroger are partnering to help families be prepared to return to the classroom through the Back-to-School Bash. This community celebration is focused on building community resilience, promoting family health and education resources, and food accessibility for all families in the Atlanta community.

Building community, family and individual resilience is at the heart of Families First mission. The Back-to-School Bash offers access to resources to build resilience, as well as offers families free access to many of the important items needed for our children to return to school safely including groceries and back-to-school supplies. Event attendees will also have access to the Families First’s resiliency screening tool to assess their readiness to face life’s challenges and to get back out there. 

In partnership with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Families First is providing free COVID-19 vaccines for event attendees. Families First CEO DePriest Waddy noted how COVID-19 has tested the Atlanta community’s resilience, and as we emerge from it, it’s essential to ensure no families suffer further loss as a result of COVID-19.  

Speaking about the significance of the event and how meaningful the partnerships among Families First, Starbucks, Target, and Kroger are for the community as a whole, Waddy shared, “The Back-to-School Bash is notable because of the corporate and non-profits working hand in hand to ensure the health and education of our Atlanta community. This event illustrates that companies and organizations understand the importance of their communities and that their well-being must be considered especially in times like this.”

In addition to the essential items being distributed and access to Families First’s family resources at the event, guests will also enjoy many other free, fun, insightful, engaging experiences and entertainment options. A complimentary lunch will be provided for all of those attending the event.  

Families can take part in a Lego challenge from the Museum of Design Atlanta; an Atlanta Youth Rugby clinic; story time activities and a kid-friendly, healthy snack from The Junior League of Atlanta’s Journey to Literacy and Kids in the Kitchen programs, as well as explore robotics with Neo Engineering League of America (NELA). 

“The Junior League of Atlanta is proud to be a part of the Back-to-School Bash and we are excited for the opportunity help support families through this event,” said Joy Dyess, President of The Junior League of Atlanta. “Our members are committed to making an impact in our community, and many of our efforts focus on early childhood education and the health and development of our community. We are looking forward to engaging families and sharing more about our Journey to Literacy and Kids in the Kitchen programs.”

Face painting will also be available, along with music from a DJ and special appearances by local musicians. That afternoon, there will also be a raffle for families to take part in special experiences such as the Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank, and the Children’s Museum.

 Speaking more in depth on the JLA’s two programs that will be present at the event is the 2021-2022 President of the JLA, Joy Dyess. Dyess shared, “The Junior League of Atlanta is proud to be a part of the Back-to-School Bash. We are also very excited to offer the Journey to Literacy craft as well as Kids in the Kitchen healthy snack to provide children the opportunities for improved reading and cognition as well as healthy eating.” 

Join Families First on July 24, at our Westside headquarters at 80 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. for what will be an amazing event for our community and community partners.  Registration is free on-site the day of the event. 

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