West Georgia Star and community partners to host fourth annual Back to School Bash

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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On July 28, West Georgia Star and community partners will host its fourth annual Back to School Bash from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Phoenix Community Building.

Sabrina Allen, director of resident services for West Georgia Star, said the event will be giving out a limited supply of backpacks filled with school supplies.

“We will have On-the-Go Italian Ice, hot dogs, United Way’s Success by Six, the Jungle Bus, and many more fun activities for the kids,” Allen said. “We will also be giving away some different things for adults like some community resources that they would need as well.”

Allen said the event offers attendees a chance to connect with one another as they transition back to school.

“It’s always important to be supportive, especially of our children and occasions where we can do any kind of family engagement. The event has always been huge because it gives the parents a chance to be involved and present with their children,” Allen said.

“We like to give back to the community, and whenever we have anything, it’s not just for the housing authority residents. We make it available for all of the community. We’re just such a central location that it’s just easy for us just hold something here for the whole community.”

As an ongoing tradition, Allen said to put on the Back to School Bash feels amazing.

“Not putting on the event was never an option for me. We know that there’s a need and our kids love it. It feels great and to see them get what they need for the start of the school year and help them be successful,” Allen said.

She said the best part of the event is seeing the kid’s reactions and taking off some of the worries from parents.

“Seeing all the smiles on the kids’ faces and taking away some of the worry from the parents has been amazing. In doing this event, school supplies will be one thing parents won’t have to worry about,” Allen said. “We are providing them with a great backpack full of things that they’re going to need to start this school year. Now all parents will have to worry about is clothes and other things, but this will be one thing they don’t have to worry about.”