Believers Church of Statesboro and the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce held back to school parties Saturday morning, July 24. These two groups made a huge difference in helping Bulloch students get ready for school.

15th annual Believers Church Back to School Party

Fifteen years ago, Believers Church of Statesboro’s leadership were made of a large number of students who were not returning to school the first week of school. After talking with Bulloch Schools they determined that many of the students would not return because they did not have the needed school supplies. Instead of fearing embarrassment, they sat out the first week.

Believers Church

That year, the number was around 500 students. Believers set a goal to purchase new book bags, fill them with party supplies and create a carnival type event at the church to distribute them. They distributed all 500 that year.

From that beginning, this has become a signature event for Believers Church in our community. With other organizations now collecting and distribution school supplies, they have seen the need diminish somewhat.

Saturday morning, members of Believers Church were up early setting up an amazing morning of fun to make the children feel special and loved. In addition to getting them much needed supplies to ensure a successful start to school. The back to school party was held at the church at 6495 Harville Road.

Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber Health Committee Back to School Party Downtown

Chef Patrick White

Also Saturday morning the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber Health Industry Committee held a back to school block party at the former location of the chamber at 102 South Main and in the Ag South parking lot next door.

Kayley enjoys Sneaux La La snow cone

This was also a free event for the public to showcase a “Vaccine Clinic” to vaccinate the youths before school. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were available to those 12 years and up.

They reported vaccinating over 40 at the event this morning. That may sound like a low number, but similar pop up vaccination clinics have struggled to vaccinate 5 or 10 people.

Statesboro Radio D.J. Travis Bilger

There was free school supplies, food, games, ponies, music and giveaways.

Statesboro New Covenant Church provided children’s activities and information about upcoming youth conferences and services. 

Missed Out on a Backpack?

If you or someone you know is in need of a backpack with school supplies please call the Statesboro Family YMCA at (912) 225-1962.

The Statesboro Family YMCA is excited to support young learners in Bulloch County with a new backpack full of supplies to ready them for the upcoming school year.  

Want to Donate Schools Supplies?

For the eighth consecutive year Prevent Child Abuse Bulloch County (PCABC) and United Way of Southeast Georgia (UWSG) are partnering for their annual Back to School Supply Drive happening both online and in-person until the 26th.

School supplies will be collected from through July 26th.  Donated school supplies can be placed in the designated boxes (the flyer that is on these boxes is below) at the following locations in Statesboro: Morris Bank, Core Credit Union, Synovous Bank, Queensborough National Bank, Renasant Bank, Citizens Bank, Bulloch First, Colony Bank, and The Heritage Bank. Churches and civic/professional organizations will also be working with their members to collect school supplies.

All school supplies are given directly to each public elementary, middle and high school in Bulloch County so that school personnel can discreetly distribute the supplies to the identified children.

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