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Backpack giveaway

Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) gives out high fives to the preschool students at a backpack distribution event at Delores Huerta Head Start preschool.

CORCORAN — Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D–Bakersfield) had one last backpack distribution event in Corcoran on Aug. 17 at Dolores Huerta Head Start preschool.

Salas joined with Kings Community Action Organization, Corcoran Mayor Raymond Lerma and Kings County Office of Education Board Member Mary Gonzales-Gomez and provided 40 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to kids at the preschool.

“Each Dolores Huerta Head Start student received a backpack along with a supply of pencils, paper, glue scissors and crayons,” Lerma said.

The Head Start preschool is designed for children younger than 5 who come from low-income families.

Salas said that the backpack giveaway was to help the youngest students start the new school year strong and provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

“Thank you to all the community members and partners in Corcoran that donated their time and resources to help out children and families,” Salas said.

With preschool being the first step for young students, Gonzales-Gomez said it is a necessity to help the students.

The preschool's Teacher Director Taylor De La Cruz said the backpack distribution helps with student readiness for school.

She said that their school in serving low-income families often have parents who struggle to have supplies for children to use at home. De La Cruz said that the parents and children now have what they need to do work at home as well as at school.

"It's great way for parents to help their children with projects at home," De La Cruz said.

While on the visit, Salas also talked with parents about the importance of attendance, volunteering at school and reading daily to their child.

This event concluded Salas’ back-to-school events of the year. This year Salas also worked with community organizations like the Kings Lions Club to donate at least 500 backpacks in Kings County.

The assemblyman also had back-to-school events in Armona, Hanford, Avenal and Lemoore along with towns in Kern County.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or chelsea.shannon@lee.net.

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