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Back to back days "jamming" for back to school

The Stone Mountain-Decatur chapter of Phi Beta Sigma and the F&M Education Foundation are teaming up for their 4th installment of their back to school series.  A college-based fair and workshop (on August 8th) and supply drive (August 9th) are happening!
Used with the permission of Bobby Frazier

Some schools have already started, and many of the metro-Atlanta school systems should be in full swing by August 11th. Supply drives, back to school shopping, and other signals of the conclusion of the summer break are fully upon many a student (from grades K-12, with those attending college, trade, and technical school not too far behind) and parent or guardian.

But in the midst of it all, sometimes, people can fall behind. Ranging from supplies, to just have an essential understanding of the post high-school process and options available, there are a number of people who do not have a point of reference in regards to what it entails.

Building upon the work done the past 3 years, the upcoming Back to School Jamboree provides students and parents in the immediate area a 2-day back-to-back opportunity to get an improved starting point regarding post high school options ranging from 4 year and 2 year colleges and universities, to getting assistance in the form of bookbags, school supplies, and other items of need for the start of the school year.

The tandem of the Stone Mountain-Decatur chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and F&M Educational Foundation are hosting the 4th annual event over the course of two days (Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th). Friday's (August 8th) programming at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center (644 Parkdale Drive in Scottsdale), starts at 5pm. The itinerary includes a college workshop and college fair, including a range of alumni and other representatives from schools from different parts of the Southeast. Likewise, current college students are taking part in Friday's events; their insight regarding the overall high school process and transition into college can help provide interested students some sound information and items to consider as they work their way into taking advantage of these and other post high school related opportunities.

Saturday's (August 9th) programming returns to the Tobie Grant Recreation Center. From 2-6pm, the day's activities include opportunities for students and parents in need to pick up a bookbag, school supplies, and even free haircuts. Other features include a health fair, light food and refreshments, games, and other family and community friendly activities.

"This is our 4th year of doing the jamboree", notes Bobby Frazier, one of the coordinators of the event. "Our goal is to give our kids, parents, and community a better starting point as it relates to the opportunities that are out there. In hearing from different people from local nonprofits, along with area colleges and universities, this can be a good way to make sure we are reaching back and helping other people".

In order to receive a free bookbag and supplies (as they are distributed on the 9th), interested students and parents must register by Friday, August 1st (by 11:59pm). Registration is done online; (for more information, register HERE).

On Wednesday, July 30th at 11am, Frazier and others who are serving as speakers and moderators are doing an in-studio appearance on the online radio station A104FM. Listeners are able to call in for additional information. Likewise, there are opportunities for sponsors and other potential patrons to make donations. All donations (monetary or in-kind) are used for providing additional supplies to registered students.

Likewise, current college students who are interested in volunteering on Friday's panel are encouraged to follow up with Mr. Frazier via email ( by Monday, August 4th.

Providing essential access to resources is a needed thing in all communities. The back-to-back days of the 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree provide the community a very straightforward to get the support needed, as well as give support, to students in the immediate area, along with their parents and guardians. The two days can provide a positive means of enforcing the importance of education, but access to tools for success, including a few needed school supplies.

Back-to-back (days) can help get a number of people on-track...

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