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A year after the Sacramento school board closed several schools, one elementary school on 21st Avenue and 73rd Street is reopening as a charter school.
More than 200 students have enrolled in The New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter School. One of those students is Makayla Tarr, a student from Yuba City.
Her father, Brandon will be spending nearly two hours on the road every day so Makayla and his son can attend the school.
“We don’t want them to fall through the cracks. We want them to be successful,” said Tarr.
Bonnheim was a traditional school that opened back in the 50s and then shut its doors for the last school year.
The school board made the decision to close 7 schools because of budget purposes,” said Principal Dennis Mah.
During the grand re-opening today, kids made ice cream to learn about energy, science and math. They were also introduced to a school donkey who will help them learn about agriculture.
It’s that hands on learning that Mah hopes will bring in more parents like Tarr and will help educate their children.
“I’m going to have a lot more fun learning,” says Makayla.