Vidal Chastanet was asked by a New York-based photographer to name who has most influenced his life.
His answer: ‘My principal, Ms Lopez.’
Why? Because she ‘tells each one of us that we matter’.
“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”
Now, Mott Hall Bridge Academy eighth-grader Vidal Chastanet’s words have inspired photographer Brandon Stanton to launch a campaign to send students at the middle school to Harvard University.
Last Thursday an Indiegogo fundraising page was set-up for the academy…
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