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Golden West staff urges parents to allow students to walk to school

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From left, Carlee Mahurin (activities commissioner), Amariz Cuellar (treasurer), Brianna Capps (secretary), Tatiana Perez (vice president) and Krystal Meza (president) were introduced as this year’...


POSTED August 28, 2013 1:13 a.m.

Krystal Meza is this year’s student body president at Golden West School.

At Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, she and the other officers – included were Tatiana Perez (vice president), Brianna Capps (secretary), Amariz Cuellar (treasurer) and Carlee Mahurin (activities commissioner) – looked forward to sharing their school spirit with those in attendance.

“We just want to show parents what Golden West is all about,” Meza said.

What’s new at this Manteca Unified campus are about half dozen new teachers, along with French Camp School transitional kindergarten classes involving 60 more youngsters.

The latter could be part of the reason for the morning traffic congestion at the school, according to Principal Sherie Gates.

She’s in her seventh year as the top administrator at Golden West.

“We’re designed to be a walking school,” she said to folks gathered in the Golden West multi-purpose building.

Gates hopes that more parents will opt to “save gas” by leaving their cars home. At the same time, they’ll get their exercise by walking to school with their student and perhaps ease some of the traffic woes.

Back-to-School Night was for parents and guardians of kindergarten- through- sixth- grade students.

Last week, folks of seventh- and- eighth- graders attended a similar-type orientation regarding the upcoming school year.

Those at Back-to-School Night were introduced to teachers and had an opportunity to visit the various informational booths: El Concilio, MUSD Nutrition Service, Give Every Child A Chance, Child Advocates, Native American Education, Boy Scouts, Legend Music, and Janis Music, to name a few.

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