Milledgeville mom collects backpacks after school policy change


MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A new policy change for Baldwin County Schools has parents going shopping, but not for the holidays.

According to parent, Brandy Kennedy, the school district called parents, requiring that all students from Kindergarten through 5th grade, have clear and mesh backpacks. That policy change comes after a 3rd grader brought a gun to school.

Kennedy says the problem is not everyone can afford to go out and buy new backpacks, so she wants to help.

“We realized that would be hard for some families, especially close to the holidays,” said Kennedy.

All students need the new backpacks by they get back from Thanksgiving break. Kennedy organized a donation drive to collect mesh and clear backpacks.

“Especially for families that have multiple children in the schools,” said Kennedy. “It was an expected change and so we just started putting together a donation drive.”

You can take your donations to Buffington’s in Downtown Milledgeville. It’s open from 11 to 2 AM Monday through Saturday. You can also donate to Communities in Schools.

“I started the backpack drive because I wanted everyone to have what they need and I think this is a great first step,” said Kennedy.