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Gunny sack races at Whittier Elementary

(TOP PHOTO) Whittier Elementary School kindergarteners Violet Egan and Hannah Buehler, from left, are cheered on by their teacher Lori Gallo, right, during the school’s annual field day, in Fircrest, June 3, 2011. (LOWER PHOTO) Between gunny-sack races third-grader Jason Patterson stretches out and protects his eyes from the sun. The filtered light he said gave him the sensation of being at the ocean. Students rotated through 19 activity stations. “We’re lucky today. We didn’t get to do this last year. It was miserable weather. It rained,” exclaimed fourth grade teacher Maryetta Alberts.(Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)