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Thanks to the generosity of nearly 100 donors, our CauseMomentum fundraising campaign was a success. We raised $5,105 to update a classroom in the Shewmaker Communication Center. We are grateful for the support of our students, alumni, colleagues, and Friends of COMM. A special thank you to senior Kari Hanson who took the lead in organizing and promoting this project. Kari’s enthusiasm and hard work ensured the success of this campaign. Our goal is to unveil the new improvements by the end of the Spring 2015 semester. Stay tuned for celebration details!
*Names are listed in alphabetical order.
Sheila Haskins and Dwight Buzzell
Kaitlyn Den Beste
Nicole Dunning – Weaverling
Dr. Jonathan Groves
Paul and Paige Hanson
Cassie Hanson Riewer
In Memory of Libby Hill
Molly Katharine Riddle
Jann Loeb Holland
Susan Malikowski Hanson
Jason and Cyndi Skinner
Julie Sonnenberg Baumgart
Charles and Jan Taylor
Janet Vigen Levy
Jani Zatezalo Rogers
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to buy new desks and chairs for Shewmaker 219, a classroom that features the latest instructional technology but outdated seating.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.
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.
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