School supply giveaway aims to help Peach students

awoolen@macon.comAugust 21, 2013 

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect the correct date of the Learning, Expanding and Preparing Back to School Bash. It is Friday.

The city of Fort Valley and I Think I Am Foundation have teamed up with Peach County businesses to hold a school supply giveaway.

The Learning, Expanding and Preparing Back to School Bash will be held at Fort Valley Festival Park on Friday from 6-9 p.m., and organizers hope to draw out every student in Peach County.

“We’re prepared for the entire school system if they come out,” said Deanna Moore, founder of I Think I Am Foundation.

Peach County has more than 3,700 students.

Along with giving away supplies such as crayons, paper and notebooks, L.E.A.P. will also have a bouncy house, a live DJ, local rapper Que and dancers from Kendrick Academy.

Martha McAfee, city administrator, said she met Moore at another event, and the two got together to create the back-to-school bash.

More than 30 businesses and organizations have donated or will be on hand for the bash.

This is the first time Moore has held a back-to-school giveaway in Fort Valley.

“There are so many large events in Warner Robins, so we decided to do one in Fort Valley,” she said.

The foundation aims to help at-risk children as well as their parents understand the importance of school and staying involved.

“We go where we can make an impact,” Moore said.

Food vendors will be available, selling hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and more. There will also be various merchandise such as jewelry and Mary Kay cosmetics for sale.

Moore hoped the event will help give children some excitement about the start of a new school year.

Although the event is aimed at youth in Peach County, Moore said she wouldn’t turn anyone away who needed help getting supplies for their children.

“Anyone is welcome to attend,” she said.

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