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Readers give to Hometown Hero nominee's fund-raiser for kids' dream trip to Japan


English teacher Bijoun Eric Jordan wants to take students on a trip from Brooklyn to Japan. (Byron Smith for New York Daily News)

Once again, the Daily News’ readers came through.

After The News published a story about inspiring teacher and Hometown Hero nominee Bijoun Eric Jordan’s plan to take underprivileged Brooklyn students on a dream trip to Japan, big-hearted readers donated thousands to his fund-raiser to pay for the trip.

Jordan, 36, an instructor at Frederick Douglass Academy VII in hardscrabble Brownsville, is taking 18 students on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Land of the Rising Sun in July, traveling from Tokyo to Okinawa.

Jordan, who has worked in city schools for 14 years, was about $4,000 short of a $58,570 goal to pay for the trip in an online fund-raiser as of June 16.

But after The News published his story that day, Jordan said he was flooded with donations from readers who wanted to help him take inner-city kids on an overseas trip.

And his “Brownsville to Japan” fund-raiser, which is still active here, had exceeded its goal as of Friday with $60,480 in donations from 1,269 people.

Jordan said he and his students are thrilled.

“We at FDA VII are over the moon about ‘Brownsville to Japan’ being fully funded,” Jordan said. “Our donors have made a unique experience possible for our scholars. There is just no substitute for the experience and education they are in for.”