BACK TO SCHOOL: Start dates and giveaways in the Big Bend and South Georgia

Find out when your child's school will be back in session by viewing the list in this story.
Find out when your child's school will be back in session by viewing the list in this story.(Pexels/Pixabay via MGN)
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 3:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 3:18 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The 2022-23 school year is less than a month away for the Big Bend and South Georgia. WCTV has compiled a list of each district’s start date for your reference. Scroll down for information on school supply giveaways.


  • Leon County: Aug. 10
  • Calhoun County: Aug. 10
  • Franklin County: Aug. 10
  • Gadsden County: Aug. 10
  • Hamilton County: Aug. 10
  • Jackson County: Aug. 10
  • Jefferson County: Aug. 10
  • Lafayette County: Aug. 10
  • Liberty County: Aug. 10
  • Madison County:
    • PreK-9th grade Aug. 10
    • 10th-12th grade Aug. 12
  • Suwannee County: Aug. 10
  • Taylor County: Aug. 10
  • Wakulla County: Aug. 11


  • Mitchell County: Aug. 1
  • Early County: Aug. 2
  • Colquitt County: Aug. 3
  • Miller County: Aug. 3
  • Clinch County: Aug. 4
  • Seminole County: Aug. 4
  • Lowndes County: Aug. 5
  • Cook County: Aug. 5
  • Echols County: Aug. 5
  • Lanier County: Aug. 5
  • Valdosta City Schools: Aug. 8
  • Thomas County: Aug. 8
  • Thomasville City Schools: Aug. 8
  • Brooks County: Aug. 8
  • Grady County: Aug. 8
  • Decatur County: Aug. 10

To assist with preparation for the upcoming academic year, the back-to-school tax “holiday” on clothes and school supplies ends August 7, according to the News Service Florida. You can view the full list of tax-exempt items below or at this link.

Here is a list of free back-to-school events that aim to help prepare students across with supplies, services and other essentials.

  • Saturday, Aug. 6:
    • Tallahassee: Jumpstart 2 Success aims to equip students for excellence with their Leon County Back-to-School Community Event as they give out school supplies, haircuts, braiding, refreshments and more. The event will occur from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lively Technical College, 500 N Appleyard Drive
    • Tallahassee: Sabal Palm Elementary Students: Sabal Palm Elementary, A Community Partnership School will host a family-friendly Back-to-School Bash. The event will be a one-stop-shop for children’s health, safety, and back-to-school needs like new shoes, car seats, bike helmets, and more. Sabal Palm students, families, and the local community are invited to attend from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Leon County and greater area: 500 backpacks full of supplies will be given away by the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend. The giveaway will take place starting at 11 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club at Pinewood Place at 2940 Grady Road.
    • Crawfordville: In Crawfordville, there will be a Wakulla County Backpack Giveaway at the Wakulla County Community Center, 318 Shadeville Road.
    • Chattahoochee: The Tau Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Pi Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be hosting their 5th annual School Supply Drive. They will be providing 300 backpacks and school supplies to youth in Gadsden County at Chattahoochee Elementary School, 335 Maple Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 7:
    • Havana: The One Gadsden Foundation, MLK Foundation of Florida and Havana Development Corporation are holding a back-to-school Community Resource Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. That event, which will feature school supply and toiletries giveaways, will take place at the Old Havana Northside High School located at 264 Carver Ave. COVID-19 vaccinations and screenings will be available there as well, and there will be food card giveaways and local community resource vendors too.

If you have a back-to-school event you want to share with the public, send an email to the WCTV newsroom.

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