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School supplies to be given away July 31 at Ray Park

  • By Jeffrey Cullen-Dean
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  • Jul. 23, 2021 - 2:33 PM

A group of Coweta college students and graduates are giving out school supplies on July 31 at Ray Park in Newnan.

The event will be held from 1-5 p.m.

Kiara Colemon, one of the event's organizers, said the goal is to give school supplies to students who were affected by the March 26 EF-4 tornado.

According to Coleman, bookbags filled with school supplies such as pencils, paper, scissors and highlighters will be given away.

The goal is to give away 100 backpacks of supplies, according to Coleman.

While she wasn't in the area during the tornado, Coleman said she saw the destruction when she returned home from school and wanted to help the community.

"I knew I had to do something. That's why we started the back-to-school event, because we wanted to help families affected by the tornado," she said.

One of the organizers, Corshavious Heard, said when she was in school, she didn't always have access to school supplies.

"I know what it feels like to go back to school and not have all that you need," Heard said. "Sometimes it's hard to get things. I figure if I had the resources, and if I have the time to do this, I don't mind taking out the time to give back to my community. Because at the end of the day, when you bless people from your heart and you're genuine and give, things come back to you."

Coleman said the event is important because it can show current high school students that others who were in similar situations as them have gone off to college and returned to help the community.

"We want to show that we are from the same city they are from," she said. "I grew up in the Chalk Level community. I grew up in a low socioeconomic area, and I want to show them that it's possible to go off to school and come back and give back to the community that you grew up in."

According to Heard, school supplies are still being collected for the event.

If you would like to donate, contact Kiara Coleman at .