Teaching Young Scholars to Aim High Fundraiser Surpasses Goal
We all need a dose of inspiration to succeed in life. Some 6th grade students in Brooklyn are getting tons of encouragement to dream big. A fundraising project to send the kids on a field trip to Harvard University has far exceeded the goal of $100,000. At Mott Hall Bridges Academy, the staff wants their scholars to shoot for the stars and think big. So, they started a fundraising campaign in hopes of raising $30,000 to send the kids on a field trip to Harvard. Ms. Nadia Lopez, principal says, "“This is a neighborhood that doesn’t necessarily expect much from our children, so at Mott Hall Bridges Academy we set our expectations very high. We don’t call the children ‘students,’ we call them ‘scholars.’ Our color is purple. Our scholars wear purple and so do our staff. Because purple is the color of royalty. I want my scholars to know that even if they live in a housing project, they are part of a royal lineage going back to great African kings and queens. They belong to a group of individuals who invented astronomy and math." As of this writing, people have donated over $360,000. Pretty amazing!