Announcements 08.11.2022

Atlanta Studio’s Backpack Bash Raises Over $25,000 for Local School 

We coordinated with 40 other industry partners to celebrate the start of the school year and provide school supplies to more than 650 students. 

Following the success of last year’s Backpack Bash, our Atlanta studio and local partners teamed once again to help alleviate the stress associated with purchasing school supplies. In collaboration with the Dekalb County Public School System, Flat Shoals Elementary School was chosen for this year’s back-to-school initiative.

Left to Right: Kelsey Mitchell, Maria Montgomery, Laura McMullan

“We are overwhelmed by the support and excitement from our industry partners to help make this event a success! I cannot put into words how it felt to see the smiles on those students’ faces, says Maria Montgomery, Associate and organizer of the Backpack Bash. “It was such a fun and memorable day and a great way to kick off the new school year! This event continues to make my heart smile.” 

Great partnerships are the backbone of this initiative, and as a result of more than 40 returning and new industry partners, our Atlanta studio was able to raise over $25,000 in donations. This sizeable donation has allowed the team to provide new backpacks for more than 650 students and enough school supplies to last through the school year.

Students and their parents were invited to Flat Shoals Elementary School to pick up these supplies and enjoy a fun day of music, snacks, games, and a chance to design a keychain for their new backpacks.  

Throughout the day, more than 70 volunteers helped distribute school supplies at Flat Shoals Elementary.
Laconduas Freeman, Principal of Flat Shoals Elementary School, and Maria Montgomery, Associate.

“We are so excited, thankful, and grateful for this opportunity between Perkins&Will and all of the 40 donors who have made contributions to our school’s supply list,” says  Laconduas Freeman, principal of Flat Shoals Elementary School. “Our students and families are very grateful and we appreciate all that you have done today.” 

As a core component of Perkins&Will’s Social Purpose program, we consistently seek opportunities to give back to our communities and we’re thrilled to have worked with the faculty, administration, and families of Flat Shoals Elementary School. The Backback Bash is considered a success thanks to our partners in the design, architecture, engineering, and construction industry. 



Andrews, Hammock & Powell Inc. 
Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors
Corporate Environmental Risk Management 
Conway & Owen Consulting Engineers
HPD Consulting Engineers
JE Dunn Construction
Matheson-Ball & Associates Consulting Engineers
Shear Structural
Structor Group
Walter P. Moore 


Newcomb & Boyd Consulting and Engineers
CWC Office Furnishings