Humans of New York photo blogger helps raise $1 million to send poor NYC kids to visit Harvard

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A fundraising campaign inspired by the popular photo blog Humans of New York has raised more than $1 million to send middle-school students from a high-poverty Brooklyn school on field trips to Harvard.

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Blogger Brandon Stanton featured 13-year-old Vidal Chastanet on Jan. 20.

Vidal told Stanton about Nadia Lopez. She's his principal at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

He said Lopez inspires students by telling them that they all matter.

Stanton went to meet Lopez and found she was busy raising money to send her sixth-graders on a trip to Harvard.

Stanton started a crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo.com. The campaign has raised $1,064,189 for students as of Thursday afternoon.

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The money will send Mott Hall sixth-graders on trips to Harvard for the next 10 years.