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Fresno State and boxer Jose Ramirez to distribute backpacks filled with supplies

Fresno State students and officials along with WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez will be distributing backpacks filled with school supplies in Huron on Aug. 14.

Along with the supplies, each of the 1,230 backpacks will also have a letter of encouragement from Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro inside, according to the university.

“At Fresno State, we talk about being bold in order to reach new heights in our endeavors,” Castro says in the letter. “I hope you will keep that in mind as you continue your education and prepare for your career.”

The backpacks will be distributed to Huron elementary and middle school students beginning at 3 p.m. at Huron Middle School. A resource fair also will start at 3 p.m.

At 4 p.m., Castro and Ramirez will address parents and students. A university news release says Castro’s wife Mary and Fresno State students will help give the backpacks away.

“Mary and I firmly believe there’s talent and potential in every household in our region,” Castro said. “By meeting with and giving new backpacks to the children in Huron, we are pleased to help spark that potential in the next generation of future Fresno State Bulldogs and Central Valley leaders.”

Fresno State contributed $10,000 to buy backpacks for students in fifth through eighth grades. Chevron, which is also a partner, provided additional funds to purchase backpacks for transitional kindergarten through fourth grade students. The school and art supplies are being provided through contributions from local businesses and organizations.

The Huron event marks the second year of the “More than a Backpack” effort. It began last year to give back to the smaller communities in Fresno and Madera counties that are in need but often get overlooked, the university release said. At last year’s event in Madera, the United Way announced it would give a full scholarship for a child to attend Fresno State.