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Augusta back-to-school giveaway set for Saturday

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 2:51 PM
Last updated 9:08 PM
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More than 10,000 school supply items will be given out Saturday during the Communitywide PTA and Back to School Kickoff.

The giveaway will be be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Big Lots parking lot on Peach Orchard Road.

Now in its fifth year, the back-to-school event will feature free health screenings, inflatables, food and face painting.

“It’s just a fun day for the kids,” said Monique Braswell, the president of the Richmond County Council of PTAs. “It’s a fun family day.”

She said more than 100 cases of notebook paper, one-subject notebooks and composition books will be distributed to anyone who needs them.

Supplies will be sorted onto tables geared toward elementary, middle and high school students. Those who need supplies are welcome to pick up what they need, she said.

Braswell said the giveaway was started to encourage parent participation. In previous years, it has been held at Georgia Regents University’s Christenberry Fieldhouse, Glenn Hills Middle School and James Brown Arena.

This year, it is in the Big Lots parking lot to cut down on expenses.

“I felt like I could get more supplies if I took it back to the streets,” Braswell said. “The James Brown Arena was very gracious with us. I just needed to be able to give people more.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Communitywide PTA and Back to School Kickoff

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

WHERE: Big Lots parking lot on Peach Orchard Road

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/13 - 03:06 pm
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Smart Move

So the three mentioned government facilities collected rent from the PTA to allow them to hand out donated materials.

But the big, bad capitalists are allowing them to do their charitable work at no expense.

There's got to be a lesson in there somewhere. But the statists among us will not learn it.

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Riverman1 08/08/13 - 04:01 pm
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LL, it also struck me

LL, it also struck me about them being charged for using the buildings. I really have to wonder if that's true?

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ragingbull 08/08/13 - 06:07 pm
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"distributed to anyone who

"distributed to anyone who needs them." does that mean there are no income restrictions or verifications? We gonna fire up the Maserati and head down there Saturday!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/08/13 - 09:13 pm
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Amnesty

It's kind of like the gun buy-back, RagingBull — no questions asked.

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Willie Loman 08/08/13 - 11:35 pm
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My kid will be there.

They like free stuff!

Willie Loman
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Willie Loman 08/08/13 - 11:35 pm
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My kid will be there.

They like free stuff!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/09/13 - 11:57 am
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Free at Big Lots because they hope folks will come inside and

buy more. Parents will get bored while kids play on inflatables.

As for the 'guvment' charging for a public service event; go figure?

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