CONYERS -- Rockdale County families who need help getting their students school supplies for the upcoming school year can pick up some free supplies this weekend.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, a Day of Connections will be held at the Rockdale Career Academy, which is located at 1064 Culpepper Drive, off Parker Road, in Conyers.
"It was a great location (last year)," said Michael Hutcheson, executive director of the Rockdale Coalition for Families and Children. "We will be indoors and out of the heat, unlike in the past, when we've done it outside."
The event is being sponsored and organized through the Community Resource Network, made up of several local organizations, as well with the help of United Way and Rockdale County Public Schools, among others.
The Coalition has ordered supplies through donations that should help at least 600 students this year; the Rotary Clubs and Rockdale Medical Center, among others, also have held drives to collect supplies, Hutcheson said.
Several churches also are sending volunteers to the event.
"It's a wonderful collaborative opportunity to help families in need to let them know we are here," Hutcheson said.
Supplies will be given away first come, first served to families who show a proof of residence, including a picture ID and a utility bill or some sort of document proving they are Rockdale County residents. The school-aged children receiving supplies also must be present at the event, Hutcheson said.
He said the Department of Labor will be at the event with employment information, and several other organizations will have booths set up.
Last year's event served between 600 and 700 students, he said.
Donated school supplies can be dropped off at RCA from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday.
More information is available by calling 770-761-9244.