California 4th-graders to Notre Dame game

At the suggestion of an Omaha attorney and Notre Dame Law School grad, 30 fourth-graders will fly from California this weekend for the Fighting Irish football game.
They also will meet Omaha native Father John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, and will tour the campus.
Patrick Donahue, the lawyer who came up with the idea for the class trip to South Bend, Indiana, said there’s a bigger idea afoot, “and it’s more than football.”
Fourth grade may sound a bit young for kids to make a campus visit. But these children from low-income families attend a school that takes part in AVID, a national nonprofit program that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
Since 2012, each classroom at the school, the Taylor Leadership Academy of Stockton, California, has “adopted” a different university — just to get kids thinking that colleges are in their future. For most of the kids, no one in their families has attended college.

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