Miles (up front), Trey, Dad-Terry, Mom-Kim, and Granny
The Bartow County Resource Center identified the need in the early 1990’s to assist at-risk children with necessary school supplies. With the leadership of local churches, the Department of Labor/Human Resource Council, the Bartow Collaborative, and United Way of Bartow County, the project gained momentum.
In 2008, Life Scout Miles Terrell took this initiative to the next level as a part of his Eagle Scout project. Reborn as Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, and with support from the Cartersville City and Bartow County School Systems, Bartow Give a Kid a Chance is now one of the most successful programs sponsored by the Bartow Collaborative.
In 2017, hundreds of volunteers from local churches, non-profits, city and county school systems, businesses, and state and local agencies served over 2000 children at the July 27th event. The following day volunteers delivered over 250 backpacks to students who were unable to secure transportation to the event. Another 500 children were provided supplies throughout the school year.
The Allatoona Resource Center in South Bartow also became an affiliate location serving 326 students. Children at the event(s) receive dental, hearing, vision, and nutrition screenings, haircuts, a tee shirt, grade level reading books, and a meal in addition to the backpacks filled with school supplies. We value all these items and services at nearly $100 per child - all free thanks to generous community donations and countless volunteer hours. Our goal for 2018 is to serve 2,500 children
Thank you, Miles!