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a strong, vibrant, healthy community.
For the safety of our members, we will continue to hold meetings VIRTUALLY.
We will send out ZOOM meeting information the week before scheduled meeting.
If you can't make it, we are happy to make announcements for you.
Contact Nancy Stites at if you need more information.
Our next VIRTUAL meeting will be August 4 , 2020
Click HERE for July 7th VIRTUAL meeting notes
~ Dawson  County Family Connection News ~
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual Stuff the Bus event will be held virtually this year, with an Amazon wishlist open for local residents to donate and help students in need. - photo by Jessica Taylor
Virtual "Stuff the Bus" event kicked off by Dawson County Family Connection

Article written and photos provided by:
Erica Schmidt, Dawson County News Staff
Throughout the month of July, Dawson County Family Connection will host a "Virtual Stuff the Bus" drive to raise school supplies for local children in need. 
According to Family Connection Coordinator Nancy Stites, under normal circumstances, the school supply drive is held in person, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that was not possible this year. 
"We usually do one collection day; we've done it at Walmart or Kroger in the past," Stites said, "We've had a school bus there with a big sign and set up a tent outside. So people would shop at the store, buy school supplies and drop it in our bin on the way out." 
But because holding an in-person drive is off the table this year, Family Connection has taken the school supply drive online.
The main way the organization will be collecting school supply donations this year, is through an Amazon wishlist. The link to the wishlist is on the Family Connection Facebook page, and any supplies purchased through the wishlist will be mailed directly to Family Connection. 
"It's convenient, and it gives some flexibility in your spending because you can buy in bulk or you can buy just a single notebook," Stites said. "So if you don't have a lot to spend and just want to buy one item, that's awesome and thank you very much!" 
Any and all donations, no matter how big or small, can make a huge difference for local children who can't afford to purchase their own school supplies, according to Stites.
"We're a little afraid they're not going to have as many supplies donated as they did last year, so we just really appreciate any donations," Stites said. 
Read full article HERE

Click HERE to see the STUFF THE BUS Amazon Wishlist

Free Food Distribution
We will continue the  FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION  through the month of  July! 
Please note the change in locations (ROCK CREEK instead of FIRE STATION 7) and change in t imes !

Free Online Stewards of Children Training Available
We often develop strategies that help to prevent child sexual abuse under our existing circumstances. But what happens if those circumstances change?
We need to be prepared to continue protecting kids to the best of our ability under any circumstances. The Protecting Children During a Crisis online training is designed to help you navigate through the unusual circumstances you might face during times of crisis. This change is any situation where you need to modify the steps you take to protect your children because of a situation that is out of your control. This training will help you consider your current strategies, help you identify the new situation, and help you change your strategy.

Click HERE to get trained for FREE!
  Georgia Ranks 38th in the Nation for Child and Family Well-Being
Georgia again ranks 38th in the nation for overall child and family well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT ® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
This annually published resource tracks child well-being nationally and state by state and ranks the states by how well they are doing by their children. The Data Book looks at Georgia across four domains-education, economic well-being, health, and family and community-to measure progress and identify areas where this state struggles. For the 2020 report, the newest data are from 2018 and 2019-so they don't reflect current conditions amidst the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, but disaggregating the data by race and ethnicity do reflect the tragic effects of systemic racism.
"These data allow us to look at the ways children, families, and communities already had vulnerabilities that affected not only the path of the coronavirus in Georgia, but also how societal inequities and institutionalized racism shape the data we share," said Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) Executive Director Gaye Smith. "So many of the systems represented in these data have been deemed essential amid the coronavirus pandemic-and indeed have always been essential. GaFCP remains committed to working with our statewide network and partners to achieve better outcomes for our most vulnerable children and families, which ultimately will lead to vibrant, healthy communities for the benefit of every Georgian."
Read full article HERE

Want to #BeTheKey in preventing underage drinking
and drug use?
Want to find out what teens are really focused on
and what you can do about it?  
Then text PREVENT to 474747 for weekly
conversation starters, tools and tips!
CHALLENGE for the Youth of Dawson County!
What's your "why" for not doing drugs, vaping, or drinking alcohol?  Post a video or picture of your "why" on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok! It can be funny, silly, serious, etc. 
Be sure to use the hashtag  #MyWhyChallenge.
Together, we can  #BeTheKey!
~Calendar ~
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2020-2021 Back-to-School Supply Application
Pick-up days:
July 29th 10am-1pm (Parent/Guardian- last name A-L)
July 30th 10 am-1pm (Parent/Guardian-last name M-Z)
July 31st (by appointment only - please call 706-265-1244 ext 1736)
The cost of each bag is $1.00 (due at pick-up). 
Please DO NOT send cash to the school prior to pick-up.
517 Allen Street
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Addressing The Challenges of Poverty
September 21-22, 2020
Addressing the Challenges of Poverty brings together all sectors of a community in one venue for networking and learning in order to create healthier, stronger communities, colleges, and schools.
This practitioners' conference showcases best strategies and champions who are successful implementing the core aha! Process strategies as exemplified in the Bridges model and in communities, organizations, and individuals who use the work. This annual event focuses on bringing all parts of a community together to build sustainability in all sectors: schools, criminal justice, higher education, businesses, health care, and more. It is time for us to join forces. Learn how to move your mission forward. Network with others facing challenges similar to yours. Learn from experienced practitioners. You can choose from a range of session strands depending on your interest.
~Collaborative Bulletin Board ~

-Free VIRTUAL events for your family!
-Back in full swing!
-Learn more about training to become a volunteer!
-Summer Activities List
-A ccepting new students for credit recovery and for the fall semester
-UPDATED CARES Energy Assistance information
-NEW live chat feature!
-Do you know of a child in need of a bed?
-VIRTUAL Career Coach

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Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2020-2021 school year opened on Monday, 04/13/20. 
Click HERE for details
      For more information contact:
Patricia Yaegle
(706) 265-3246 Ext. 1035
Before starting the 2020-2021 school year: ALL students entering or transferring into the 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot
CLICK HERE for information
Meningococcal booster shot (MCV4) requirements have been REVISED.
CLICK HERE for information 
Free meals served weekdays
JUNE 1st-JULY 24th
11:30 am-12:30pm
at Rock Creek Park 06/01-07/15
(no meals the week of July 4th)
at DCJH 07/20-07/24
For more information contact:
Linda Byrd
706-265-3246 Ext. 1008
~Fundraisers ~
Golf Tournament
Chestatee Golf Club
Registration starts at 12pm
For more information
24th Annual Golf Tournament
Chestatee Golf Club
Registration starts at 8:30am
For more information
Revenuers Run
Rock Creek Park
For more information
~Other News ~
Dawson County needs YOU to respond to the 2020 Census!
Do your part and respond to the 2020 Census today!
Online (, by phone (1-800-923-8282), or by mail (return the questionnaire you received in the mail) - it takes less than 10 minutes but makes a BIG difference.
Census data benefits communities in various ways. According to a study published by GW Institute of Public Policy, one person in Georgia is estimated to be worth $2300 in federal funding per year. Over 55 federal programs use census data to fund services that can directly impact your community such as school lunches, Medicaid, rural assistance, food banks, SNAP, WIC, and housing assistance. It can also be used for local planning purposes such as determining the number of schools, recreation facilities, or senior housing needed.


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