Just days before Bob Low's 20 government students from Mark Keppel High School were scheduled to travel to Sacramento for a statewide contest on the U.S. Constitution, Low realized the trip was in jeopardy.
The students were short $1,100 of the $3,175 in private donations they needed. But Low, after reading a newspaper article on the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, contacted chamber officials who said they would help him raise the money. Within days, a dozen merchants and chamber members had made contributions, and the students were able to go.
The Mark Keppel students finished among the top seven teams of 550 California students who were participating in the state finals of the National Bicentennial Competition of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Of the 20 Keppel students, 18 are foreign-born, ethnic Chinese, according to Low.
Sophie Wong, president of the Monterey Park chamber, said her organization wanted to help the students because "I didn't want them to be disappointed. They had worked so hard."
The Alhambra School District is composed of Alhambra and parts of Monterey Park, San Gabriel and Rosemead.