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Former students help send Richmond teacher to Super Bowl

Ryan Strachan is about to live a dream. He's going to the Super Bowl.

The popular R.C. Palmer Secondary physical education teacher is already in the Big Apple to experience first-hand the countdown to Sunday's National Football League championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

It's all because a group of his former students wanted to say thank you.

"It's been his dream to watch the Seahawks play in the Super Bowl live for as long as he can remember," said Aman Bindra, a former Palmer student who played basketball for the school's senior boys' team co-coached by Strachan. "But he had no hope of affording it."

So a group of Palmer alumni—all recent grad and themselves cash-strapped students—stepped up. Within a day they had raised $1,500 which they presented earlier in the week to Strachan.

"I'm really excited for him," said Bindra. "It's hard to describe. It's a great feeling. I've never seen anything like this."

Bindra said he and the other recent graduates will likely meet up and watch the Super Bowl game together Sunday. And they'll likely be attired in blue and green, though they're not really Seahawk fans.

"We'll make an exception this weekend—for Mr. Strachan," laughed Bindra.

Kickoff for Sunday's Super Bowl is 3:30 p.m. Pacific time.

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