Mark Simon, student body president of Venice High School, was one of two students from the Los Angeles Unified School District selected to visit Mexico City as part of a fund-raising drive to aid earthquake victims. Simon traveled with Reyes Montoya, student body president of Huntington Park High School, and Larry Gonzalez, school board member, as a guest of the American Red Cross.

The school district has set a goal of $250,000 for the fund drive, and contributions will be sent to the Mexican Red Cross through the Los Angeles chapter of the Red Cross, officials said.

During their visit, the district delegation met with Mexico's President Miguel de la Madrid as the group toured the devastated city. "He was very grateful for the efforts the students (in Los Angeles) were making," Gonzalez said.

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