School systems host Back 2 School events


Students attended an Atlanta Public Schools registration event at Southside Medical Center.

It’s that time of year again: Kids are getting ready to head back to school and school districts want to make sure they are prepared.

Atlanta Public Schools

According to Atlanta Public Schools, more than 5,000 students in their system are absent from school the first day, a number they are working to lower.

Saturday Atlanta Public Schools is hosting two registration events for students. It’s all a part of the district’s “Day One: Be There” campaign. Superintendent Dr. Maria Carstartphen will attend both events to urge students and parents to come to school on the first day, Monday, Aug. 4.

The first event will take place at Southside Medical Center. Students can receive free back-to-school immunizations and registration from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each child who registers will receive one Chick-Fil-A coupon and a free school supply item from The School Box Store, while supplies last. Southside Medical Center is located at 1046 Ridge Ave. SW.

The second event to register students will take place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Greenbriar Mall. It is a part of the “Back to School Jam.” Kids who register will receive a backpack.

Parents need to bring identification and other documents to register a child.

Henry County

In Henry County, Communities in Schools is holding a parent expo on Saturday. It will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Heritage Park in McDonough.

The Henry County School System, as well as several local business and organizations, will be at the event.

Communities in Schools is a dropout prevention program that aims to surround students with community support.

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