35,000 Sonoma County kids return to school Wednesday

Walking single file, Cesar Chavez Language Academy students nervously toured their new campus Wednesday morning — the first day of school for about 35,000 kids in Sonoma County. Class by class, students in green and beige uniforms were taken around and shown the cafeteria, bathrooms, playgrounds and administration offices of Cook Middle School in southwest Santa Rosa. About 450 transitional kindergarten to sixth grade students at Cesar Chavez, a Spanish-language immersion charter school, will share the Sebastopol Road campus with the nearly 440 Cook middle schoolers. Read more