To celebrate school coming back into session the 101 Church in Rockmart hosted an event to help local youth get ready for class.

Their Give a Kid a Chance outreach was 101 Church's way of giving back to Polk County as a whole, and to ensure that children in need head back to class with everything they need during the event held over the weekend on Saturday.

“As a church we want to be a church that gives back to the community,” said pastor James Cordell. “This was just one of those opportunities where the church can get together for the community and love on them.”

The original plan was to give 101 students a nice backpack, all the school supplies to fill it with what was needed for each grade, a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of pants, a t-shirt, a haircut, a lunch, and the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

The church ended helping a total amount of 114 kids at the end of the day, exceeding their expectations for what they were able to achieve in helping the community.

Annually, a week before school starts, the 101 Church plans to host this event for the community of Rockmart.

To register with your child you have a four week grace period prior to register on the 101 Church website at

One of 101’s values in the church is to build potential leaders for the church and community. Shelia Green was the one to step up and coordinate this event and was the one to do all the shopping for the kids.

“I was able to reach out to several people and talk to them about what it means for us to help others,” said Green “And shopping was also a blessing. when you come up with a buggy for a clothes people always want to know what you're doing so I was able to share with others about our church and what Jesus does.”

The 101 Church invites the community to come out to the church and visit them down at Van Wert Elementary school at 10:30 a.m. and there is a Wednesday night 101 students group with K-12 meetings at 7 p.m.