On Rivalry Day at McKinley Elementary School Wednesday, students got to pick a team: USC or UCLA.
Wearing the colors and stickers of their choice, students competed in football relay games and were able to pet USC’s equine mascot, Traveler, whose owner is Burbank resident Joanne Asman.
The annual Rivalry Day — part of the school’s November College Month activities — was established to get kids thinking about college.
One second-grader flaunted her shirt sleeve that read “USC” to teacher Carol Derry, but the UCLA fan waved it off.
“She’s been showing it to me all day,” Derry said.
Rivalry Day has evolved into a major event compared to the parent-teacher meeting six years ago that was used to discuss methods for inspiring McKinley’s under-achieving students. One of those parents was Suzanne Weerts.
“One of the things that we determined in the meeting was that a lot of kids aren’t getting the message at home about what it takes to do well in life,” she said. “And they’re not hearing about college at home, so maybe we need to start telling them about it at school.”