(PHOTOS) 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision

Five-year-old Nancy Sey shows the free book bag she received during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Stone Mountain, GA — A Stone Mountain City Councilmember organized the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13.

“It’s wonderful to give back to the community when you can see a child who receives a free book bag. I really enjoy it,” Stone Mountain City Councilmember Shawnette Bryant.

Bryant said she has put together other free book bag and school supply events during her time on council. Georgia State Sen. Kim Jackson and DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw also provided book bags and supplies for the event.

Janette Miles, a 23-plus-year resident of the community, said, “We just are so appreciative of Shawnette with the initiation of our back-to-school block party. It’s just a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, including our law enforcement officers as well. We really appreciate everyone who comes out and supports.”

Chandler Walker, 6, sits with the free book bag filled with school supplies he received during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Children pose for a photo with Georgia State Senator Kim Jackson during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. “Today has been a beautiful day. It’s really a gift to be able to give back to the community to make sure that kids have the supplies that they need,” Jackson said. This is the second year Jackson has provided book bags and school supplies for the event. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Jazzy Jags Cheer Coach Tiffany Walker, in rear, with cheerleaders Layla Baker, 11, and Angel Thomas, 12, pose for a photo during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
(l-r) Mike Schaaphok, Shirley Moland and city of Stone Mountain Visitors Center Manager Heidi Meraz help distribute free book bags to children during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Ryan Patterson, Aiden Patterson and Chandler Walker dance during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Tanesha Petty, owner Bruster’s Real Ice Cream at Redan Village shopping center provided cool treats for attendees during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Nikendra Green provided music during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Stone Mountain City Council Member Shawnette Bryant, on right, with Janette Miles, a member of the community for over 23 years during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Canek Romero, 7, looks at the free children’s books during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Twins Blessing and Drue Mitchell, 9, read books on their grandmother’s lap during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Georgia State Senator Kim Jackson (l) talks with Brina Romero, 14, during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. This is the second year Jackson has provided free book bags and supplies for the event. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Two-year-old Amari Harris has a hot dog during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
City of Stone Mountain Police Officer E. W. Cooper dances with members of the community during the 4th annual back-to-school block party at the Rockborough Subdivision in Stone Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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