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Reed district board vows to address DACA, affirms support for students

By JEFF DEMPSEY
jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com
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The Trump administration's plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protections for children brought to the U.S. illegally before age 16, has left nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants in limbo — including an estimated 2,000 in Marin County.

While the Obama-era program isn't set to officially end for six months — a delay intended to give Congress time to sign the program into law, President Donald Trump has said — the uncertainty over the program's fate prompted Reed Union School District board members to reiterate district support for those affected by the announcement as they vowed to hold a lengthier discussion on the issue.

At the board's Sept. 12 meeting, board member Dana Linker Steele said she has been in touch with district Superintendent Nancy Lynch about whether any students or employees were affected.

"I understand we don't necessarily know," Linker Steele said. "We just want people to understand, either employees or families who are affected at all in the coming months and years by DACA, that they can see (Lynch) with any issues or concerns."

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Redwood High School students 'spare the air' at campus event

Redwood High School's Environmental Action Club partnered with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Sept. 13 for a Spare the Air campaign to encourage Redwood students to carpool or seek alternative modes of transportation instead of driving to and from school alone.

Club members were joined on campus for the Spare the Air event by staffers from the air-quality district and the Transportation Authority of Marin, who spoke with students about their commutes. Students who shared a selfie using alternative transportation — such as carpooling, riding public transit, biking or walking — received a free doughnut.

According to the transportation authority, 72 percent of car trips are within the county. A big contributor to local congestion is school traffic, and after-school congestion is often as bad as evening rush-hour traffic, the authority says.

For more information on the Bay Area-wide Spare the Air campaign — which encourages walking, cycling, carpooling and public transit to cut pollution and issues advisories on smoggy days ­— visit sparetheair.org.
— Jeff Dempsey


Is your school or class hosting a special event or project? Do you think a student or teacher deserves special recognition for activities inside or outside the classroom? Let The Ark know by contacting education and youth reporter Jeff Dempsey at jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com.

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