APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen met with students at last year's Back-to-School Bash.
APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen met with students at last year’s Back-to-School Bash.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will host its second annual APS Back-to-School Bash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building A.

The event is a one-stop shop for all incoming and returning APS students and parents to learn about everything they will need for the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 3.

With over 70 exhibitors, the Bash will include APS programs and services, free health screenings, community and afterschool resources, fun activities for children, raffles and prize giveaways and a free backpack stuffed with school supplies (while supplies last). Students in grades PreK-12 must be present along with their APS report card to receive a backpack.

The Bash will also showcase the Sodexo Food truck to sample school menu offerings, Grady High School’s G3Robotics team, the Fox5 StormChaser, the Atlanta Dream, and the New Atlanta Public Schools Police Department. Premiere sponsors for the event include Newell Brands, Gas South, Georgia Natural Gas, Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Google fiber, Pinnacle Credit Union, Waffle House and Graphic Packaging and Metro PCS.

Admission is free for all APS families.

Free shuttle bus transportation will be provided to and from the Bash at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. from the following APS schools:

  • Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Carver High School, 55 McDonough Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30315
  • Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Jackson High School, 801 Glenwood Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Douglass High School, 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Mays High School, 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
  • Therrell High School, 3099 Panther Tr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
  • Washington High School, 45 Whitehouse Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
  • South Atlanta High School, 800 Hutchens Rd., SE, Atlanta, GA 30354

All buses will depart 15 minutes after each arrival and no strollers or infants are permitted on the buses. APS students who require special needs transportation to and from the APS Back to School Bash may call (404) 802-5500 to schedule a pick-up time and location. Attendees can also take MARTA to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Rail Station. For more information about the Bash, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/backtoschool.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.