Third grader Madelynne Saragosa (center) uses a balance ball as Mattilynne Criswell stands at right Thursday (08-10-17) on the first day of school at Sylvan Elementary School in Modesto, Calif. The kids are offered alternative ways at desks for learning as part of the new STEAM program the school is launching this year.
Third grader Madelynne Saragosa (center) uses a balance ball as Mattilynne Criswell stands at right Thursday (08-10-17) on the first day of school at Sylvan Elementary School in Modesto, Calif. The kids are offered alternative ways at desks for learning as part of the new STEAM program the school is launching this year. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com
Third grader Madelynne Saragosa (center) uses a balance ball as Mattilynne Criswell stands at right Thursday (08-10-17) on the first day of school at Sylvan Elementary School in Modesto, Calif. The kids are offered alternative ways at desks for learning as part of the new STEAM program the school is launching this year. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com

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