Hundreds at Chick-fil-A back-to-school 'party'

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Even though the sweltering heat was daunting, hundreds of Clayton County residents, this weekend, ignored the high temperatures and high humidity to attend the annual Chick-fil-A back-to-school bash.

The event was held at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Saturday, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m. Dozens of Chick-fil-A employees, Clayton County Public School officials, community leaders, and business sponsors, greeted hundreds of students, with bags filled with school supplies.

According to Chick-fil-A of Jonesboro Store Manager Jeffrey Mceachern, the event marked the fourth year Chick-fil-A and Truett's Grill restaurants have sponsored a back-to-school, school-supplies drive to benefit Clayton County children.

The collection of the supplies kicked off last month, and ran through Aug. 6.. To culminate the drive, the "bash," or celebration, was thrown for the community.

It featured representatives from the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks, along with the team's mascot, Harry, the Hawk, who handed out freebies.

Representatives of Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves were also in attendance.

Several business and government organizations came out to show support, such as: Home Depot, Best Buy, Target, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, and the Amri Group. More than 225 book bags, filled with school supplies, were given to children.

Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches, chips, and beverages were also sold during the event. Ali Rice, the marketing director for Truett's Grill in Morrow, said the money collected from food sales, will be donated to Clayton County Public Schools, to help fund scholarship programs.