Tagging along like a team of ducklings, a group of neighborhood elementary school kids follows Beth Mahony home from Heron School in North Natomas as part of the “Walking School Bus” program on Aug. 31, 2015. The yearlong walk-and-bike-to-school program is sponsored by the North Natomas Transportation Management Association. Pediatricians and other medical authorities say children are being deprived of sleep by early school start times.
Tagging along like a team of ducklings, a group of neighborhood elementary school kids follows Beth Mahony home from Heron School in North Natomas as part of the “Walking School Bus” program on Aug. 31, 2015. The yearlong walk-and-bike-to-school program is sponsored by the North Natomas Transportation Management Association. Pediatricians and other medical authorities say children are being deprived of sleep by early school start times. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com
Tagging along like a team of ducklings, a group of neighborhood elementary school kids follows Beth Mahony home from Heron School in North Natomas as part of the “Walking School Bus” program on Aug. 31, 2015. The yearlong walk-and-bike-to-school program is sponsored by the North Natomas Transportation Management Association. Pediatricians and other medical authorities say children are being deprived of sleep by early school start times. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com
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January 02, 2016 4:01 PM

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