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Invest Atlanta, nonprofit hosting Back-to-School Block Party
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September 03, 2013 10:00 AM | 1377 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, and Page Turners Make Great Learners Inc., a child literacy nonprofit, have partnered to distribute 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in underserved communities, they announced in a news release Tuesday. The organizations are hosting a Back-to-School Block Party Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 28, Zone 2 at 1925 Hollywood Road in northwest Atlanta.

“We want to empower and educate our children,” said FeFe Handy, CEO and founder of Page Turners Make Great Learners. “They should be focused on learning in the classroom, not worrying about basic needs like notebooks, pens and paper.”

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed added, “We’re committed to sustaining our competitive advantage as a city and our children are a vital part of that. We want our young people to have everything they need to be successful contributors not just to Atlanta, but to the nation and the world.”

District 9 Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore, who represents the area where the event will take place, added, “I want the children in my district and throughout the city to be ready for success. I know these families will be grateful for our city’s support in helping their children prepare for academic excellence.”

The backpack event will give elementary school students from the northwest neighborhood exposure to high-profile professionals in the city.

“This may be the first time the students get to meet attorneys, commercial and business development leaders, housing finance professionals or entrepreneurs,” said Dawn Luke, managing director of housing finance for Invest Atlanta. “Our presence in the community means students can dream a bigger dream.”

Other block party activities will include a mounted police patrol, clowns and a fire truck tour. There will also be free food for parents and children. Families should arrive early because backpack supplies are limited.

Information: Handy, email FeFeHandy@PTMGL.com or visit www.investatlanta.com.
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