Beach-Franklin community receives state money for school routes

The Beachwood-Franklin community has received nearly $1 million in state funding to provide safer routes to schools. The improvements will be made to roads, curbs, gutters and other infrastructure along Lobo Avenue near Franklin Elementary School. Last year, Merced County laid plans to fund a project in the area to improve school routes. Community members’…

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Joint Use Between Schools and Families Creates Safer and Healthier Communities

Highlights Zumba classes launched at Crookham Elementary through joint-use  Efforts to increase physical activity among residents Program can prove beneficial in area with high obesity rate BY ANA B. IBARRA, aibarra@mercedsunstar.com Four years ago, Viridiana Cardenas was not happy with herself. The Merced resident was overweight, her self-esteem was low and she was constantly tired. “I…

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