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ATLANTA (August 19, 2011) –As students head back to school, Georgia Aquarium is partnering with Kids In Need, a free store for teachers, for a special “Stuff the Barrel” two-in-one school supply drive and promotion. Offering $5 off general admission to all guests who donate school supplies from August 25-28, Georgia Aquarium provides a special way for guests to give back to local schools, while giving back to their wallets, as well.
During this special promotional weekend, guests of the Aquarium will be “stuffing” barrels and bins with school and art supplies for educators and students from financially-challenged Atlanta area schools. Guests will receive $5 off their purchase of a general admission ticket with the donation of new school supplies worth at least $5 retail. Vouchers will be issued at ticket window collection stations and can be redeemed on any day of the promotion.
A project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kids In Need is a year-round program that aims to provide learning supplies to Atlanta area schools whose success is threatened by poverty. With all items donated by manufacturers, retail stores and supply drives, teachers from eligible schools can “shop” for free classroom supplies at the Kids In Need warehouse store. For a school to qualify, at least 80% of the students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. Every year, Kids In Need distributes thousands of pounds of brand new school and art supplies to elementary, middle and high schools across more than 12 Georgia school systems. Georgia Aquarium’s “Stuff the Barrel” campaign gives guests the opportunity to learn about marine life from across the world, while helping to enrich the minds and imaginations of students in their own back yard.
Through its mission to inspire, entertain and educate, Georgia Aquarium strives to serve as aneducational and enlightening resource in the Atlanta community, teaching students about the wonders of the world’s waterways and oceans.
About Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia is the world’s largest with more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
About Kids In Need
In the fall of 2000, the Atlanta Community Food Bank launched the local Kids In Need program, a year-round free store for educators. Each year, Kids In Need distributes hundreds of thousands of brand new school supplies to more than 2,000 teachers in eligible, low-income schools in 12 Georgia school systems. For a school to qualify, at least 80% of the students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. The Kids In Need mission is to provide learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by poverty. There is absolutely no cost to students or teachers. To learn more, visit www.ACFB.org.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Kids In Need project is a member of The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Kids in Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 23 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. For more information, visitwww.kidsinneed.net.
About the Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) began operating in 1979 in a small space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and now distributes over 30 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. This product is utilized by more than 700 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 38 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia. ACFB leads seven distinct projects that reinforce its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community: Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.ACFB.org, and for more information on Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org.
***** I was not required to post this, I just really enjoyed our trip to the Aquarium and then thought that this sounded like a great thing to be a part of. *****