Obama meets boy who inspired $1 million fundraiser

Story highlights

  • A "Humans of New York" portrait inspires a visit to White House
  • One student had named his principal as his inspiration in the photo blog
  • He inspired a fundraiser to pay for school trips to Harvard, summer studies, scholarships

(CNN)Middle school student Vidal Chastanet was simply stating his truth about the school principal who inspires him in his rough Brooklyn neighborhood.

Featured in the wildly popular "Humans of New York" photo series in January, a picture of Chastanet along with his sentiments went viral, and a subsequent fundraiser pulled in more than $1 million for his school.