An Inspiring Dinner Honors 88 Students

The most inspiring student from each school in the Long Beach Unified School District will be honored at the Seventh Annual Long Beach Education Foundation Most Inspiring Student Awards Dinner. The April 16 event at the Long Beach Hilton starts with check-in at 5 p.m. and dinner at 5:45. The theme for this year's event is the Wizard of Oz. Writer Roger Baum, great-grandson of Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, will speak about wisdom, courage and heart. A student from every school in the district will be honored for inspiring others by overcoming obstacles. Each of the students heartwarming stories was selected for exemplary achievement, tenacity or beating the odds against their success. "These students are bigger heroes than you'll find in the movies," said Steve Chesser, president of the Foundation Board of Directors. Frank Mottek, news broadcaster for KNX Radio and KTLA, Channel 5, will be the master of ceremonies. Mayor Beverly O'Neill and other special guests--the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man--will be there to pay tribute to these students. The Assistance League of Long Beach will be honored for their outstanding service to Long Beach students through Operation School Bell and other philanthropies. A few tickets are still available from the Long Beach Education Foundation at 997-8111. The donation is $60.