Boy's 'Humans of New York' image helps raise more than $1 million

Story highlights

  • "Humans of New York" portrait inspires online fundraising campaign for school
  • It was intended to fund three classes' trip to Harvard
  • But extra money will now go to summer studies, a scholarship fund

(CNN)One principal's inspiration has resulted in more than $1 million in donations for what started as an initiative to raise funding for a class trip to Harvard.

"Humans of New York" creator Brandon Stanton launched the campaign to benefit Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, known as a "safe zone in a crime-plagued neighborhood." The goal of the trip is to broaden students' horizons and expand their idea of their potential, Stanton wrote on the campaign page.