COVINGTON — As the countdown for the 2018-19 school year in Rockdale and Newton counties begins, Safe At Play will be hosting its third Back to School Safe and Prepared Supply Giveaway Thursday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Friendship Lodge 20 at 7150 Geiger St. in Covington.

In 2017, the event was hosted by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office among local partners including Safe At Play, which was founded by LaTanya Debruhl.

“Last year we were partnered with the Sheriff’s Office, so we had a table set up where we presented our information on playground safety, first aid and equipment maintenance,” said Debruhl.

Safe at Play, an organization dedicated to promoting playground safety awareness to prevent childhood injuries or death, was established in 2016 after DeBruhl’s 5-year-old daughter died on the playground at Newton County Theme School.

“In Andrea’s honor, one of our missions is to not only prevent injuries but also to do charitable things in her memory and to continue her legacy,” said Debruhl.”This year we are separating ourselves and we will be giving out first aid kits and backpacks with supplies. More than that, we hope parents come out to gain awareness about playground safety rather than just supplies. Our goal is to prevent injuries, increase awareness of active supervision and the importance of design.”

The event registration page says “if you need help obtaining school supplies for your children (age 5 to 12 years old) and you are receiving assistance from the Department of Human Services, please register for our Back to School Safe and Prepared Supply Giveaway event.”

Supplies that will be given away include backpacks, various notebooks, filler paper, folders, pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks and other essentials.

This supply drive is for residents of Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties only.

To qualify for assistance you must bring the following items when you arrive for check-in:

The most recent D.H.S. Notice of Case Action (TANF/SNAP)

Picture I.D. (Georgia Drivers license or state ID

Child’s birth certificate and/or proof of guardianship.

The event is first-come, first-served while supplies last.

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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