Minutes later he was riding

       Fernando Rodriguez, a Whittier Elementary School third-grader, reacts with surprise and delight upon learning he won a new bicycle in a Safety Rally raffle in the Whittier Elementary gym May 4. The bike, donated by Wal-Mart and presented above by school psychologist Don Landeck, was one of numerous items given away at the school’s rally, which encouraged safe habits for students going into summer activities. Other prizes included bikes, bike helmets and books on safety, according to Principal Marlys Berg. Funding for the rally came from a $750 El Pomar Foundation grant in conjunction with the Coronado High School Honor Society.

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