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Families flock back to school
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Mimi Ap’e and her children Hoku, Asia and Melia snack on hot dogs prior to the classroom visits at Neil Hafley School’s back-to-night. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
The numerous Manteca Unified back-to-school functions Thursday were family affairs.

At Neil Hafley School, Mimi Ap’e was there to visit the classrooms of her daughters, Asia, who is an eighth-grade student, and first-grader Melia.

But before that, Ap’e and her children – included was her 2-year-old son Hoku – had a chance to relax in the multi-purpose building and enjoy their hot dog meals.

“As always, I look forward to back to school,” she said.

The Hafley event also included information booths featuring the school’s Community Club, MUSD Nutrition Service, Manteca Youth Focus, and the scouts.

Brock Elliott, McParland, Veritas and Joseph Widmer Jr. schools also had their back-to-school nights.

At Widmer, families had a chance to again enjoy taco meals made possible by the school’s PTC.

“(The taco dinner) was a huge success last year,” Principal Suzan Turner-Kelley said.

Added PTC president Nicole Williams: “We used to do hot dogs, but a year ago we decided to try something different.”

On this day, she had plenty of helping hands, including leadership students and about 10 parents on the taco fundraiser, with the food preparation led by second-grade teacher Rosie Gutierrez.

Proceeds from the meal will go back to the school for use on certain projects and classroom materials, Turner-Kelley said.

Back to school continues with more elementary school events on schedule for next week.

Included are Nile Garden, Sequoia, Golden West, Lathrop, Lincoln, and Woodward on Wednesday, Sept, 1.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, Woodward, Stella Brockman, Mossdale, and New Haven will have their back-to-school events.

More information can be obtained by contacting the school sites.