University students planning to take fundraising efforts national

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A few Creighton University students are making a difference one Catholic school at a time.

The Omaha chapter of Pencils of Promise wants to go further than that, though. They want to build a school.

Michael Galeski and Hugh Truempi said they need $40,000 more to build a school in Laos. They called on 19 area Catholic schools to help.

Students were asked to bring a dollar to get a pass to dress out of uniform.

Galeski is heading up the effort. He was inspired by Adam Braun.

"He started Pencils of Promise, and 10 years later they have built 503 schools and we want to build the 504th school," the student said.

So far, Galeski and Truempi have raised over $10,000 and talked to hundreds of students.

"We told them our stories and experiences abroad and kind of exposed them to educational disparities in this world and hope to inspire them to not take education for granted," Truempi said.

The college students hope to take the fundraising efforts to a national scale. Galeski plans to try out for American Ninja Warrior.

"I sent my application video in January. I'm still waiting to hear back, but hopefully I will be something in April," he said.

The students have set up a fundraising website.