Back to school events, school supply giveaways across Central AL

As we inch closer and closer to the start of the 2017-2018 school year, many cities and organizations are already solidifying plans for back to school events.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of events and giveaways scheduled across Central Alabama.

  • The Homewood Church of Christ is having a Backpack Block Party on Saturday, July 29th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. noon. The first 1,700 children will receive free backpacks with school supplies. Other free services provided include vision and dental screenings.
  • Tuscaloosa Democrats are collecting supplies for Holt High School teachers throughout the month of July. Drop off supplies at the headquarters on Greensboro Avenue. Hours for drop-off are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • McDonald’s will be participating in a backpack giveaway at several restaurant locations. The backpacks will be given away on a first come, first served basis. Students must be accompanied by a guardian or parent.
    Find participating McDonald’s locations and dates below:

    • Anniston: July 27th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Quintard Avenue
    • Forestdale Boulevard: July 28th from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Forestdale Blvd
    • Academy: July 28th from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Academy Drive
    • Tarrant: July 28th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Pinson Valley Parkway
    • Lomb: July 29th from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Lomb Avenue
    • Lakeshore: July 29th from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on State Farm Parkway
    • Gadsden Mall: July 29th from 10 a.m. – Noon on Rainbow Drive
    • Warrior: August 2nd from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Cane Creek Road
    • Childersburg: August 3rd from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on 1100 12th Avenue South
    • Sylacauga: August 3rd from 10 a.m. – Noon on 701 West Ft. Williams Avenue
    • Midfield: August 4th from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on 11 Phillips Drive
    • North: August 4th from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on 3220 26th North
    • Heritage: August 4th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. on 801 Dennison Avenue
    • Jasper: August 4th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on 600 U.S. Hwy 78 East
    • Tuscaloosa: August 5th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on 2502 12th Street and from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 4711 McFarland Boulevard East
    • Cullman: August 5th from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on 1425 2nd Avenue SW
    • Hanceville: August 5th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on 740 Main Street
  • Capstone Rural Health Center will host a Back2School Supplies Giveaway on Friday, August 4th from 9 a.m. until Noon at Parrish High School. There will also be a health fair, a Kids Activity Zone, and giveaways.
  • Back to School Bash Color Run and fundraiser will be held in Alabaster on August 11th at Veterans Park from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. This will benefit the cheerleading programs through Alabaster City Schools. There will be face-painting, balloon animals, and inflatables. The fun run for ages 10 and under will take place at 6 p.m. and the 5K will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Riverchase United Methodist Church is hosting a Back to School Health Fair and School supply giveaway on July 29th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • The City of Bessemer is hosting the Back to School Blast on August 5th at Debardeleben Park from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free school supplies will be given away. There will also be food and live entertainment.
  • More Than Conquerors Faith Church is hosting the 22nd Annual R.E.S.P.E.C.T Back to School Rally on July 29th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Kelly Ingram Park. There will be a parade, games and rides, and entertainment. There will also be giveaways for book bags, school supplies, and more.
  • The Etowah County Health Department is hosting a Back to School Walk-In Shot Clinic on Monday, August 7th and Tuesday, August 8th from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The shots are $5 each and shot records will be required for children through age 18.
  • The Tuscaloosa Police Department’s Police Athletic League is hosting its Annual Backpack Giveaway on Friday, July 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the PAL Gym in the Harris-Glyn Center. School supplies and backpacks will be given away.
  • Greene County Schools will host a Back to School Meet and Greet at Freshman Academy on July 27th from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the GCHS cafeteria.
  • The Walker County DHR is asking for your help in collecting school supplies for children in need. Common items found on most school supply lists (pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, glue sticks, rules, etc.) can be donated at any of the following locations in Walker County:
    • Lavish Coffee Bar
    • New Beacon Hospice
    • Southern Vintage Market
  • The Homewood Back 2 School Bash 2017 will be held in Patriot Park on Saturday, August 26th at 4:30 p.m.
  • The City of Montevallo, Montevallo Main St., and SafeHouse of Shelby County are hosting a Back to School Health & Resource Fair on Tuesday, August 1st from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the entrance to Orr Park on Island Street. There will be school supplies, clothing, health information, and more given away.
  • Birmingham is having a Back to School Fun Day at the Park at Greenwood Park on Sunday, August 6 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The 1st 20 kids will receive a free back pack. There will also be free food, face painting, moon walks, prizes and more.
  • Bessemer is having a Back to School Rally at New Beginning Lodge Number 970 on Saturday, August 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • The Mt. Zion Community Development Corporation is having a Back to School Free Haircuts and Styles for Kids event at Etheridge Brothers Barber and Style Shop on Monday, August 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Boys will receive free haircuts and girls can receive free hair styles (not including braids). There will also be free food.
  • The Back to School Bash in Graysville will be at Maurice C West Community Center on Saturday, August 5 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The Adamsville Back to School Splash Party will be at Blackwell Park on August 12th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. There will be free snow cones and pop corn.
  • The McCalla Back to School Bash will be at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park on Saturday, August 5 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. There will be free food, inflatable waterslides, and movies. Admission is $3.
  • There will be a Back to School Lock In from August 4-5 at Stomp N Shout Family Fun Zone. There will be food, fun, and games.
  • There will be a Free School Supply Giveaway at Ensley Church of Christ on Saturday, August 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be free school supplies given away, food, games, and more.
  • Alabaster Businesses Giving Back is happening on Sunday, August 6 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Businesses along Highway 119 will be giving back to the community by offering free services and vouchers.
  • The 2017 Warrior Color Run and Back to School Bash will take place on August 11 from 5 p.m – 9 p.m. at Veterans Park. There will be vendors, food trucks, inflatables, games, and more.
  • The Back to School Open House at South Hampton K-8 will take place on Friday, August 4 from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • John Herbert Phillips Academy is hosting a Back to School Open House on Sunday, August 6th from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The B.A.S.I.C. Movement presents Back to School Haircut Bash. The event will be on Sunday, August 13th from noon – 5 p.m at Etheridge Brothers Barber.

We will continue to update this list as we learn of more events. 

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