Workers in August fill the back packs with school supplies. For example, a girl in third grade or a boy will get appropriate school supplies. (Sometimes the girls are supposed to bring certain supplies, boys another.) In each backpack is a Bible or other Christian material.
Poverty level in Rockport Fulton schools is more than 50 percent so for many families the purchase of school supplies and clothes is a major financial burden.
On a designated day in August families are called to come to the church to pick up the backpacks and vouchers.
The program began four years ago when the need for it was seen. It has grown but the church because of the expense has a limit of the number that it can serve. The program is paid for through grants, individual donations and the church."
Images and Text by Mary Taylor