Send 1st Graders to PSU B-Ball Game

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My name is Dan Guthrie or, as my students call me, “Mr. G.”  As a first grade teacher in a low income school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, I am always looking for new ways to get my students excited about their education and their future.  In our school, each class is themed based on the alma mater of the teacher.  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. 

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.

Also, around November of this year, one of my current student's parents went to the school board meeting and told the entire board how much her daughter loves school and how every day she tells her mom that she is going to go to Penn State when she is older and become a teacher.

Penn State's basketball team will be playing Michigan at Madison Square Garden on January 30th.  I believe this is a great chance to continue to build my students’ love of Penn State and their interest in pursuing a college degree.  Many of my students would not normally have the opportunity to attend an event like this and they would surely create special memories seeing "their college" in person.

If you are able, please help me continue to share the joy of a great University with the Penn State alumni of the future.  I hope to take a group of students to the basketball game this month and any extra funds will go toward classroom supplies or future similar events for my students.  Every day I strive to inspire children who would not otherwise have a concept of higher education to pursue a college career—and hopefully, they choose Penn State.
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Hey Penn State! We have 58 people coming on a bus to visit your campus. We'll be touring and walking around campus from 12-6 today. Come say hi and give our group a We Are!
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Hi everyone,

As you all know, my first and second grade students from Brownsville, NY had an incredible time at the Penn State-Michigan basketball game at Madison Square Garden in January. I know that they will never forget that day and it will inspire them in their pursuit of a college education.

As I mentioned previously, my next goal is to take them on a visit to the Penn State campus in State College, PA. I am hoping to make this happen on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from about noon to 6:00 pm. Thanks to your generosity, we have funds from the original GoFundMe for this trip. I am not writing to you to ask for additional donations, but rather to get the word out and see who may be able to facilitate the day’s activities. For example, it would be amazing if we could get a campus tour from Lion Ambassadors and maybe even see the inside of the Bryce Jordan Center or Beaver Stadium. I’d love to take the group for a meal in a dining hall and to get some treats at the Creamery. Most importantly perhaps, showing them a real college classroom and, if possible, a live class would truly hit the mark. And of course, the day would not be complete without a class photo in front of the Lion Shrine.

If you or anyone you know is able to help make this day a success, please reach out to me as soon as possible at daniel.i.guthrie@gmail.com. I know this is short notice, but my school is on Spring Break that week so it would avoid my students having to miss a day of classroom instruction. I promise my students will enjoy every minute and that you will be making a huge difference in the lives of children who would otherwise be unlikely to have such opportunities.

Thank you again for all your support.

With Penn State pride,
Dan Guthrie
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Ask anyone in or around Section 102 at MSG yesterday and they will tell you that the Brownsville Ascend Lower School Penn State classes had the time of their lives cheering on the PSU men’s basketball team. They cheered and screamed, waived their pom poms... and ate some delicious pizza and cotton candy. They led their own WE ARE chants and responded each time the cheerleaders yelled. While Penn State didn’t win, the students did. I cannot thank each one of you enough for your support and making yesterday possible. It was a day that none of us will ever forget.

I want to personally thank Alex Bolotovsky, a close friend and fellow Penn State alum who had the idea to start the GoFundMe; Dwayne Anderson, Loren Crispell, and Alissa Clendenen, members of the Penn State basketball community for supplying t-shirts, pom-poms and the opportunity for the students to come on the court to meet the players; Joanne Esposito for arranging the game tickets and providing an amazing game day experience; Black Shoe Diaries, Onward State, and Penn Stater Magazine and everyone else who shared and tweeted for helping spread the word; and the Brownsville Ascend Lower School staff for their support and all the chaperones volunteered their Saturday for this event.

And thanks to the Centre Daily Times for writing this amazing article on the event: http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/community/article57533958.html.

The next goal is still to plan a trip to Penn State. We have some funds leftover from the GoFundMe and will take a look at all our finances to see if we have enough to plan the trip. Stay tuned.

With undying gratitude,
Dan Guthrie and the future Penn State classes of 2030 and 2031


For the glory.
1st graders high five the PSU BBall Team
Hail to the Lion on the subway
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Tomorrow is the big day! Thanks to your generous support, we will be attending the Penn State-Michigan basketball game at Madison Square Garden with FIFTY-SIX first and second grade students (and chaperones, of course)! We would not be able to fund this trip for the entire group without the incredible support of the Penn State community and friends and I cannot express my gratitude enough. Every day I encourage my students to succeed academically and personally and having them be a part of a college community is sure to have an enormous impact. My students and I are so excited for this once-in-a-lifetime experience and I cannot wait for them to be a part of Penn State pride. Look for us in Section 102 – watch live, set your DVR, or come say hi if you’re at the game!

Thank you from Brownsville Ascend Lower School and the future Penn State University classes of 2030 and 2031.
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Glenn Storm
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Greg Pierce
40 months ago

I grew up in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, and now teach at Penn State. Happy to see that these students are making the trip to Happy Valley!

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Patricia K. Woerth
40 months ago
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Alana Katz
40 months ago

Have fun!!

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Johanna Greene
43 months ago
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43 months ago
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Karen & Michael Schwartz
43 months ago
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Eric Hazlinsky
43 months ago

Keep fueling the college dream. And keep creating more future Penn Staters!

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