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.
Over the past several years hundreds of volunteers, local churches & non-profits, city and county school systems, businesses, and state and local agencies, have helped serve over 2000 children at the annual July event. Volunteers also deliver backpacks and supplies to students who were unable to secure transportation to the event. 500+- children are also provided supplies throughout the school year via school social workers.
The event has now grown from 1 to 5 locations. Dependent on location and in addition to the backpacks filled with school supplies, children can receive dental, hearing, vision, and nutrition screenings, haircuts, a tee shirt, grade level reading books, and a meal. 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 2021 is to serve 2,500 children
Thank you, Miles!
Miles (up front), Trey, Dad-Terry, Mom-Kim, and Granny