More than a Backpack


This week, the Fresno County Department of Child Support Services and the Fresno County Probation Department joined with United Way, Fresno State, Chevron, the Fresno Grizzlies and numerous other partners to provide 1,230 backpacks to Huron Elementary and Middle School students at the “More than a Backpack” event in Huron, California.

IMG_E1420This special event was an opportunity to get the school year off to a great start for students and families in Huron. Along with each backpack, students were provided with school and art supplies and reading books, generously donated by partner organizations including Ultra Gro, Bonner Family Foundation, Walgreens, Fresno Housing Authority, and Reading Heart. Employees of County Child Support Services, County Probation, and the Fresno Grizzlies supported the effort by generously donated hundreds of pairs of new socks and underwear for the students.

Backpacks_ProbationThe event also featured a parent/family resource fair where families were offered information about a variety of support services in the community, as well as fun activities and a chance to meet and hang out with Fresno Grizzlies mascot, Parker, and Fresno FC Foxes mascot, Fuego.

Fresno County District 4 Supervisor, Buddy Mendes joined Fresno State President Joseph Castro; Coalinga-Huron School District Superintendent, Lori Villanueva; United Way of Fresno-Madera County President and CEO, Lindsay Callahan; and special guest, Avenal native, Olympian and current WBC Light Welterweight Champion boxer, Jose Ramirez in delivering remarks and words of support during the event.

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