From Brooklyn to The Garden
A few weeks ago, we learned about a group of first graders from Brownsville Ascend Lower School in Brooklyn who fell in love with Penn State because of their teacher, Dan Guthrie ’10. Guthrie started a GoFundMe with the hopes of getting his students to Saturday’s basketball game between Penn State and Michigan. Guthrie managed to raise $5,245, which paid for the trip to Madison Square Garden for about 50 kids.
Penn State lost, but as the Centre Daily Times reported, this was so much bigger than a sporting event. The CDT mentioned that this school district doesn’t send an especially high number of students to college, and Guthrie’s ultimate goal is to inspire his students to go to college.
Among other things, Guthrie told a wonderful anecdote about the subway ride over to the game, mentioning that all of the children sang “Hail to the Lion” together.
The students also got the chance to make up the high five line that the players ran through before the game. And as someone who was at the game, I can tell you that no group in attendance were more vocal in their support of either team than these students were for Pat Chambers and co.
As for what’s next, Guthrie is thinking big…or, rather, he’s thinking B1G. He plans on using some of the leftover money – the CDT mentioned that he has more than $1,000 left over – to try and organize a bus trip to Happy Valley. Guthrie says that there is still more work to do on that front, but if there’s another GoFundMe dedicated to raising money, we’ll happily throw a few bucks his way.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor