Suzuki Strings Gets Generous Grant

Christopher J. Campbell, a long-time Long Beach resident, Los Angeles attorney and developer and lifelong friend of the late Long Beach Education Foundation chairman Allan E. Tebbetts has presented a check for $10,000 to the newly renamed Allan E. Tebbetts Suzuki Strings Program at Stevenson. The presentation of the challenge grant, to be matched by the Long Beach Unified School District, was made at a recent Rotary meeting in the Grand Salon at the Queen Mary. Campbell presented the check to Julie Mendell, principal of Stevenson. "We wanted to do something to help one of Allan’s favorite causes," said Campbell. "He loved to see and hear these children perform. Their very serious and earnest efforts to master violins, violas and cellos are an inspiration to us all." Tebbetts was also president-elect of Rotary and the attorney who represented the district in its successful desegregation lawsuit against the state which resulted in a record settlement in 1995. At Stevenson, hundreds of children from low-income families have the opportunity to learn to play stringed instruments beginning as kindergartners on tiny quarter-size violins. They gain skill and poise and are soon performing in public. Many go on to play with school orchestras in middle school, high school and college. Future symphony performers may be among the 100 Tebbetts’ Suzuki Strings students at Stevenson this year. Tax deductible contributions to Suzuki Strings or other student performing arts and music programs may be made to the Long Beach Education Foundation, One World Trade Center, Suite 290, Long Beach, CA 90831-0290.