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Above: Donated backpacks stuffed with school supplies are ready to be collected
by children at Give A Kid A Chance. Right: Children attending Give A Kid A Chance's
event in Woodstock last year are treated to back-to-school haircuts.
Chance, which distributes stuffed backpacks to
area prekindergarten programs.
After selecting their goods, children and
their siblings can choose books or stuffed anidonations for 20 years. Director Ann Fleming says
mals to take home, and attendees are treated to
last year's event served 700 children.
lunch before they leave. Steinberg says the focus
Fleming's efforts were inspired by a local 6-yearOM / ARMI
on personal attention is intentional.
old who was teased on his school bus for wearing pink
"We try to make connections with them," she says.
flip-flops. The child and his brother had recently moved
"This is not like an assembly line."
in with their grandmother with only the clothes on their
Three years ago, Steinberg recalls, a client handed a
backs, she says. The grandmother bought them clothes
GAKAC staff member a box of homemade cookies and a but couldn't afford new shoes, so she gave the boy the
handwritten note. During the afternoon, Steinberg struck only pair of hers that would fit him.
up a conversation with a mom at the event and discovAn older student who witnessed the teasing pooled
ered that she was the author of that note-and a fourher lunch money with friends to buy a pair of shoes.
time visitor to GAKAC. Her husband had died several
Fleming says the girl then contacted her to say, "You
years earlier, and the family had struggled ever since.
have to do something."
"She said it meant so much that they could spend
"Having the right tools makes a big difference in
the day together and her son would leave excited about
school success," Fleming says. "One middle school stuschool," Steinberg says. "If we can give her just one day
dent told me, 'I was afraid my teacher would hate me
where she doesn't have to worry, that's why we do this." because I didn't have what I was supposed to, but now
it will be OK.' "
More than paper and pencils
Michael Hokanson, public information officer for
While many people may limit their idea of essential
the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, says the
supplies to things like paper and pencils, Steinberg and
annual back-to-school carnival in Macon takes the same
organizers of similar back-to-school events know that
approach. As part of the North Central Health District,
clothing is an undeclared but important need. GAKAC
the carnival helps coordinate multiple back-to-school
sends children home with new socks and underwear
events in the 13-county service area. Hundreds of supand four additional items of donated clothing.
ply-filled backpacks are distributed, health screenings
In Cleveland, Caring Hands Ministries has been
are given and essential information about vaccinations
doing a back-to-school drive that emphasizes clothing
and school requirements is distributed to parents.
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