NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2014
CONTACT: Michael Ruggieri, (512) 463-0119 / Day of Event: (512) 705-7745

Sen. Uresti concludes Back to School Fairs with largest in San Antonio this Saturday

State Sen. Carlos Uresti along with the San Antonio Food Bank, health and community organizations, and corporate sponsors from across Senate District 19 continue the annual series of Back to School Fairs held over the past six years. The largest of the fairs will take place this Saturday in San Antonio.

The media is invited to cover the event this Saturday for a wide range of photo and interview opportunities:

What:

San Antonio Back-to-School Fair

When:

Saturday, August 16th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where:

Palo Alto College
1400 W. Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78224

This year's round of Back to School Fairs included events in La Pryor, Eagle Pass, Crystal City, Carrizo Springs, Rocksprings, Del Rio, Quemado, Brackettville, Leakey, Camp Wood, and conclude this weekend with the fair in San Antonio.

"Summer is quickly coming to a close, and it's time to focus on the new school year," said Uresti. "These events help build excitement for learning, and provide a wonderful opportunity for kids to have some fun as they get ready to re-enter the classroom."

Representatives from more than 60 community, education, and health organizations are participating in the fairs, which are designed to get District 19 students excited about returning to class. Thanks to generous sponsors, the fairs provide free backpacks, school supplies, immunizations, dental screenings, and valuable community resource information. The San Antonio Food Bank also provides breakfast to kids, and lunch to the entire family.

This is the sixth year that Uresti has teamed up with corporate sponsors to give away backpacks and school supplies to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Over the last six years, some 50,000 backpacks have been distributed, and Uresti expects to pass out 10,000 more this year.

Sen. Uresti represents Senate District 19, which covers more than 35,000 square miles and contains all or part of 17 counties, two international ports of entry, ten state parks, 61 school districts, 2700 miles of highways, and more than 23,000 producing oil and gas wells. The district is larger than 12 states and 82 Nations, and contains over half of the Texas-Mexico border.

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