Help Send Brooklyn First-Graders To A Penn State Basketball Game

A first grade class in Brooklyn taught by a Penn State alumnus is raising money to attend a Penn State basketball game. First picked up by Black Shoe Diaries, teacher Dan Guthrie organized a GoFundMe page to raise money to get his class to Madison Square Garden on Jan. 30 for the Nittany Lions’ matchup with Michigan.

Guthrie explained that the classrooms at his school are themed based on the teachers’ alma maters.

“My class has been Penn State themed for the past two years and, like all true Penn Staters, my class is known for its school pride,” he wrote.

“For example, earlier this year, one of the parents from last year’s class excitedly told me a story. Over the summer, while driving through Pennsylvania with her daughter, my former student, they stopped at a Cracker Barrel where a the walls were covered in Penn State apparel. My former student promptly informed the waiter that her first grade classroom was Penn State themed and that she was going to go to college there when she was older. The mother was thrilled that her daughter not only had such a fond memory of school but that she was already talking about going to college at seven years old.”

The original goal was $1,500, but that goal was reached so quickly that he raised it to $4,000 so more students can go. Guthrie told BSD that additional funds will go towards school supplies and a potential trip to University Park.

You can donate on the GoFundMe page and check out the class’ rendition of Hail to the Lion. Check it out and support Brownsville Elementary’s future Nittany Lions.

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