Elementary Students Give 71-Year-Old A 'Dream Trip'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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A North Carolina man's lifelong dream to see the Golden Gate Bridge came true this week, thanks to students at an elementary school.

When fifth-graders at Mangum Elementary School, in Raleigh, heard their custodian had always wanted to see the San Francisco icon, they raised about $2,000 for a trip.

That was just the beginning.

Word of Joe Venable's dream spread and donations started pouring in from across the country. The 71-year-old and his wife wound up with $3,500 for meals, activities and spending money.

The San Francisco mayor's office arranged the couple's itinerary, and a bridge supervisor offered a personal tour.

Hilton Hotels threw in a couple of extra nights, extending the trip from three days to five.

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