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  • Gabriel Casillas, 9, left, and Vincent Martinez, 10, right, head to the car for their grandmother Karen Cassillas to drive them to Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Cassillas said that she will not allow the boys to walk or ride their bikes in the dangerous neighborhood. They attended Clayton B. Wire elementary school last year but it was closed due to budget cuts with seven other schools last year. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Vincent Martinez, 10, left, and his brother Gabriel Casillas, 9, fasten their seat belts as they get ready for their grandmother Karen Casillas to drive them to Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Castillas said she will not allow them to walk or drive their bikes because the neighborhood is too dangerous. Their school Clayton B. Wire was closed last year along with seven other schools due to budget cuts. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Karen Casillas has a tattoo dedicated to her two grandsons Gabriel, 9, center, and Vincent Martinez, 10, left. She said she will drive them to Pacific Elementary school every day due to the dangerous neighborhood. Photo taken in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Parents accompanied their children to the first day of school at Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Many said they would either drive their children or walk with them due to the dangerous neighborhood. Seven school were closed last year due to budget cuts and children were starting at new schools on Tuesday. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Cristina Machado, 11, walks alongside her mom Patricia Rojas with brother Julian Rojas, 5, on the first day of school at Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Machado was anxious to see if any of her friends from Clayton B. Wire would be inside since the closing of her old school due to budget cuts last year. It was her brothers first day of school. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • James Vang, 4, a pre-kindergardener proudly wears a white shirt as he waits in line on the first day of school at Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. The children at the school have a dress code of white shirts and navy pants or skirts to keep their clothing simple and not distract from their studies said the principal Shana Henry. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • At right, Maiya Miller, 8, hugs Principal Shana Henry on the first day of school at Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. Many children filed in the school for the first time accompanied by their parents who were concerned about the dangerous neighborhood. The district shut down 7 schools last year due to budget cuts. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • First grade teacher Leslie McAfee, center, is hugged by former student Kylie Tate, 8, who arrived for her first day of 3rd grade at Pacific Elementary school in Sacramento on Tuesday September 3, 2013. McAfee will take part in a program to walk the children to school in the dangerous neighborhood with other faculty throughout the school year. Photos taken on Tuesday September 03, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif..
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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