Parents and students are getting ready to return to school. Atlanta Public Schools is pitching it’s annual Bash to help with everything from school supplies to immunizations. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Atlanta back-to-school event readies students for school start

Atlanta Public Schools will host its third annual APS Back-to-School Bash from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 29 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C, located at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd, NW.

The bash for APS students and families will provide a one-stop shop for all incoming and returning students. Attendees will learn everything needed for the first day of school, Tuesday, Aug. 1. 

Over 70 exhibitors will include APS programs and services, free immunizations and health screenings, community and after school resources, fun activities for children, raffles and prize giveaways, and a free backpack stuffed with school supplies (while supplies last).

APS students in grades PreK-12 must show their APS report card for entry into the Bash and to receive a backpack. 

Other vendors confirmed for the Bash are Metro PCS, Zoo Atlanta, The College Football Hall of Fame, Soccer in the Streets, Georgia Aquarium, STEM Wars, Marcus Autism Center, the Atlanta Dream, and Mercy Care.

The school system will launch its first mobile app for parents and students, and the APS Police Department will provide safety demonstrations. 

Admission is free and free parking is available in the yellow parking lot  located at the corner of Ivan Allen and Northside Drive, while spaces are available. 

Students and/or parents with mobility limitations who require special needs transportation to and from the Bash, can call 404-802-5514 from July 24-27 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to schedule a pick-up time and location.

Attendees can also take MARTA to the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Rail Station. For more information about the Bash, visit

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