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Last campaign efforts in Tea for "Nix the Sticks"

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This Tuesday, people in Tea will be voting on a $10 million school bond referendum that would pave the way for two new elementary schools and a performing arts center.

Sunday, some young supporters of the referendum came together for last minute campaigning efforts.
All the work was done by the students that the new school would benefit.

Right now elementary schoolers are having class in what they call "stick buildings."

Which are classrooms in buildings that aren't attached to the school, so kids have to walk outside to get to lunch or go to the bathroom.

But the group "Nix the Sticks" came up with a campaign that puts all the focus on the kids.

Kids in the Tea area are working to make a video about Tuesday's bond vote.

Nate Burdine is giving them the tools to make it happen.

"We're able to lend our equipment and our talents to help teach the kids how they can campaign for themselves," he said.

Because he thinks the kids deserve more.

"If you've gone by the school and you've been in it you know it's not acceptable," explained Burdine.

The kids are interviewing each other about why they think the bond vote should pass.

"We really believed in letting the kids tell their own story this time, because the school is all about the kids," Burdine added.

Burdine said the kids have been working on it for six weeks.

"They're creating their own campaign posters, they're telling us why people should vote and giving them their own voice. All we're doing is giving them the medium, the power to spread that message, we're just giving them the tools to do that," he explained.

And PTA President Kristen Daggett said the kids are having a blast learning how to use the cameras and have been volunteering to help.

"We just have to try something different every single time and we're just hoping this is something that will get us over that 60%," she continued.

But no one wants the bond to pass more than the students.

Like Daggett's son, Ben.

When she told him they would be holding the vote he said,

"Yes! because there's a lot of people in my bus and that would lower it down because we go way over where they're going to build it."

The video will air on TV and on their Facebook page.

Opposition to the vote says they don't like the location for the new school because it's too close to the Sioux Falls school district.

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