Alena Tyler, 7, and Anna Fitzgerald, 7, turn the corner in a football relay race student teams for USC against UCLA, at McKinley Elementary School in Burbank on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Alena Tyler, 7, and Anna Fitzgerald, 7, turn the corner in a football relay race student teams for USC against UCLA, at McKinley Elementary School in Burbank on Monday, November 19, 2012. (Tim Berger/Staff photographer / November 20, 2012)

McKinley Elementary students on Monday competed against each other as either USC or UCLA patriots during the school’s annual Rivalry Day, capping a month college-related activities.

At the start of November, students wore logos of any college they chose and made pennants of the campuses they want to attend.

This week, fifth-graders will visit UCLA on a field trip.

By the end of the year, McKinley administrators will award a college scholarship to a John Burroughs senior who attended the elementary school.

“If children start thinking about going to college in elementary school, they see it as a reality — as something they can actually do,” said parent Jenny Harris.

The college-bound student will then return to McKinley to accept the award and tell current elementary students about their college plans.

-- Kelly Corrigan, Times Community News

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