Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson to host DeKalb County 2021 Fall Festival

DeKalb County Super District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson talks with people during a rededication ceremony for the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library on Aug. 5. Speaking during the event, Cochran-Johnson committed to allocating the necessary funds for the installation of a gazebo along with an edible environment at the library. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Stone Mountain, GA – DeKalb County District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is partnering with the DeKalb County School District’s (DCSD) Department of Family and Community Empowerment to host the DeKalb County 2021 Fall Festival, a press release said.

The DeKalb County 2021 Fall Festival will officially close out DCSD’s Family Engagement Month and will take place at Wade Walker Family YMCA (5605 Rockbridge Rd SW, Stone Mountain, GA 30088) on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, from 2 to 5 p.m.

This community-centric event will provide a safe space for children and feature music, live entertainment by Son Jazzy Orchestra, face painting, a caricature station, food trucks, local product vendors, and free books distributed by the DCSD Mobile Impact Learning Hub.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Commissioner Cochran-Johnson and our partners at DeKalb County on this fun and exciting event for our scholars,” said DCSD Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris. “We are elated to have a safe space for our scholars and their families to enjoy the festival festivities.”

Held each November, Family Engagement Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the important role of families in the education and well-being of their children. During this time, a variety of activities are held that encourage and involve relatives in the education process.

“This is one of the most exciting things I’ve planned,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “I have a long history of working alongside Ms. Coward and the school system as a former PTA president of three schools. Our fall festivals were always amazing. I look forward to hosting this event annually because our children need an event with fanfare and love that brings communities together.”

The DeKalb County 2021 Fall Festival will feature basic health information and screenings, as well as free toothbrushes and information on proper hygiene and personal care for children provided by Help A Child Smile. Additionally, CORE Response will provide free COVID-19 vaccinations and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will meet and greet attendees.

“We felt it was important to have the participation of our public safety officers, because we want children to have positive engagement with police as a way to build trust and break down stereotypical barriers that may exist in some communities,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson.

“I am happy to support the initiative,” said Sheriff Melody Maddox. “I take advantage of every possible opportunity to engage our children and our office has implemented strategic efforts to reach the youth and communities we serve.”

The community is encouraged to participate. Individuals interested in being volunteers, vendors or food truck providers should visit https://dekalbfallfestival2021.eventbrite.com to register for free.

For a full list of Family Engagement Month events, visit the DeKalb County Family & Community Empowerment website at www.dcsdfamilyengagement.com.

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