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Merced youth get (back) on the bus!

posted Apr 3, 2013, 1:56 PM by Julio Zaldivar   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 1:56 PM by Julio Zaldivar ]

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by Brian Mimura
Program Manager, Southwest Merced/East Merced County
Apr 02, 2013

“I never thought I would have to worry about how I would get to school.”

Those are the words of Delvina Johnson, a young high school student in Merced. Delvina  and dozens of other residents and young people have been speaking out since the local school district eliminated bus transportation for students living within 5 miles of Merced High Schools. 

Delvina and her peers want to focus on succeeding in school. Not merely getting there.  

Thanks to their successful community organizing and persistence,  the school board reinstated many of their bus lines! Check out this TV coverage that describes “The Battle of the Bus”.

Congratulations to everyone who made this happen!