The journey from Brownsville, Brooklyn to Harvard University for 200 Mott Hall Academy students was made complete yesterday.
The tweens stroll down the hallowed halls of Haahhhvaaaddd wouldn’t be possible without everyday people opening their wallets to donate, and in the process broadening a kid’s horizons.
It’s those same people Brandon Stanton chronicles in popular blog “Humans of New York.” He took a liking to 13-year-old Vidal Chastanet when asked who inspired him. Vidal responded with his principal, Nadia Lopez.
“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us,” Chastenet shares. “She calls us to her office and explains to us to how society was built down around us.”
The post went viral instantly. Leading Stanton and Lopez to start an online fundraiser for an Ivy league field trip. The goal was $100,000. They received $1.2 million in donations.
Whatever isn’t spent on the trip will go towards college scholarships and future campus road trips.
On yesterday’s agenda was a series of activities geared towards each of the scholars’ preference, a full tour of the Cambridge, Mass campus, and talks by Harvard’s president, dean of students and admissions officials. They all encouraged the kids to dream big.
Why not? It got them this far.