EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: Back-to-school giveaways to be held across Middle Georgia

With school starting back in just a few weeks, several companies and organizations around Middle Georgia are hosting school supply giveaways this month and next for teachers, students and others in the education community.

The dates listed below provide all the information you need to getting your hands on some free school supplies.


Kroger will be giving away reusable bags of classroom supplies to teachers from Bibb County and surrounding areas.

Teachers with a valid school ID can pick up the school supplies in the Monument Room at the Macon Coliseum. These are only available while supplies last.


Free backpacks will be provided to students who have up-to-date immunizations or who receive immunizations on the day of the carnival, which will be held from 2-7 p.m. at the Macon-Bibb County Health Department.


The sixth annual Back2School Bash will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. This event is for Houston County youth, and free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away. Free haircuts, food, games and information booths will be provided. An expected 5,000 backpacks will be given away.

Also, Alpha Phi Alpha will host its annual back-to-school supply giveaway from 3-6 p.m. at Southwest High School.

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Christ Chapel Macon will host a backpack giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Chapel. Free backpacks for all elementary age children will be provided while supplies last, as well as free haircuts and food for the family.

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The R.A. Bowen Trust has awarded 31 new scholarships to the following Middle Georgia students for the 2015-2016 academic year. During the past year, the trust provided scholarships to more than 90 students. The scholarships are for $2,000 per year.

The new scholarship recipients for the upcoming academic year and the schools they will be attending are:

Albany State University: Alishia Brooks;

Clemson University: Ellen Marie Jones;

Duke University: Ian Roughen;

Emory University: Roland Jay Brunner;

Furman University: Chambers English;

Georgia State University: Maria Maiorana, Chiamaka Nwokeocha;

Georgia Institute of Technology: Namrata Buxani; Navin Buxani;

Mercer University: Annsley Jordan Haynes, Anna Jones, Ariel Madison Newman, Ryan Michael Partolan, Eric Rodgers, Spencer Kennedy Williams, Ashley Nicole Smith;

University of Alabama: Danielle Bullard

University of Georgia: Madison Barnard, Allison Estes, Kaitlyn Hope Suggs, Abigail Lawson Nash, John Winstead Fuerniss, Ciara Gabrielle Long;

Valdosta State University: Ariane Jade Hodges;

Wesleyan College: Jessica Lynn Austell, Jordan Taylor Gainey, Abbie Nicole Price, Maria Randall, Briyana Rosado, Madison Valentine.

The R. A. Bowen Trust was established by the late R. A. Bowen in 1943 to help capable, deserving and needy students to attend college. Applications are accepted beginning April 1, with a deadline of June 1, and may be obtained by visiting the website at


Three Fort Valley State University senior biology students are spending their summer designing and conducting individual forensics research projects thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation. The eight-week Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates began this June and will conclude in July for students Shannon James, Miciah Lyons and Reginald Mims.

Telegraph writers David Schick, Jeremy Timmerman and Oby Brown contributed to this report.