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MSSU Living Constitution Class Technology Fundraising

Missouri Southern students are turning to technology to aid in their fundraising efforts.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Missouri Southern students are turning to technology to aid in their fundraising efforts. Students in MSSU's "The Living Constitution" class decided to think outside of the box when it came to fundraising for their class trip to Washington D.C.

"We started brain storming ideas. We can sell things, we can do car washes, but the idea of technology came into role," said Keegan Tinney, MSSU Junior. 

So the students made a video and put it on the website Gofundme.com.

"Gofundme is one of the various crowd sourcing platforms that are now out there that allow regular people to get together and solve the collective action problems that arise with raising money," said Nicholas Nicoletti, Political Science Professor. 

The political science class has raised $650 so far, and they're hoping to reach $5,000 to send 15 students to Washington D.C. in May.

"This crowdfunding is becoming extraordinarily popular. Gofundme is just one of the various sites, there's actually indigogo, kickstarter," said Nicoletti. 

In the age of technology, it's an easy way for students to spread their message.

"It's very beneficial for us to just put on a website, share our link on Facebook, and Twitter and other social media sites and say here, go watch the video, here's information," said Tinney. 

Professors say the idea behind Gofundme is to get their video out there and get people involved.

"When the community gets involved in student education. The students just have a better chance at doing things like this Living Constitution project," said Nicoletti. 

The project would expand their understanding of American political theory, public policy, and constitutional law outside of the classroom

"We're going to take them to a trip to Washington Dc, Boston, Philadelphia and we're going to bring them to the places where it all happened, and bring that learning to life," said Nicoletti. 

If you want to help the students reach their fundraising goal, click here

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