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Senior Kari Hanson uses crowd funding to improve a classroom

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So Uncomfortable

Kari Hanson (on floor) is joined by #ShewCrew pals Taylor Curtis (left) and Whitney Brown to request your project support.

As senior Kari Hanson was selecting her focus for a Signature Project, she was fairly certain that new media would play a role in her efforts. She soon selected an opportunity to learn about crowd funding and set the goal of transforming a ordinary Shewmaker classroom into a modern, student-friendly environment.

This fall Kari began working with Drury’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations to develop a fundraising project on Cause Momentum, a project funding site coordinated by The Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Kari aims to raise $4,000 by late December to buy new desks and chairs for Shewmaker 219, a classroom that features the latest instructional technology but outdated seating. In the first seven days of project launch, Kari raised $2,600 — enough to buy 20 new adjustable height student desks.

How did she do it? She took to social media to spread the word about the need to update a classroom.

The desk-chair combinations currently in use were purchased in 1988. They were not designed to hold laptops nor do they facilitate collaborate learning. For Phase II of the funding project, we would like raise an additional $1,400 to buy new chairs to accompany the new desks.

Dr. Waters with a Shewmaker desk and chair combo.

Dr. Waters with a Shewmaker desk and chair combo.

As of Nov. 17, we have about $1,000 more to go; however, we only have 29 days remaining in the project window to raise the money.

So far, 53 donors have given anywhere between $1 and $500 each to support our initiative. We are grateful for the vote of confidence from our alumni, parents, students, and friends of COMM.

Please help by sharing our Cause Momentum project through your social media and please consider making a donation. Every dollar puts us closer to full project funding.

Like Drury Communication Department on Facebook to follow our project updates.

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