Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing Kids! of the Month for February, 2004:
Kelsey Schmidt, Founder, 1001 Cranes of Peace, Hope and Friendship Project, Issaquah, Washington
Quote of the Month:
want to encourage youth in my state to get involved and to realize that
they can make a difference. I believe our collective efforts can
result in a lasting message to our country.
"I think it’s important for young people to believe they have something important to say and that they will be heard."
is a special month in that we not only celebrate our patriotism by
recognizing Presidents’ Day, at the same time, we acknowledge our loved
ones by celebrating Valentine’s Day. That's why February's
Amazing Kid! of the Month, amazing
Kelsey Schmidt and her 1001 Cranes of Peace, Hope and Friendship Project are so fitting a subject for this month’s story.
As you'll read below, her 1001 Cranes of Peace Project demonstrates an appropriate blend of both love for country and for the loved ones lost in the September 11 tragedy. It is an inspiring story and one we hope might inspire you to get involved in your own amazing community service project! Enjoy!
Amazing Kelsey and her 1001 Cranes of Peace Project
Fourteen year-old Kelsey is an honor student and a freshman at Overlake School in Redmond, Washington. Like many teens today, she is very involved in many different activities outside of school. She enjoys performing, both as a dancer and a singer. Her singing talent has led her to sing the National Anthem at Seattle Sounders and Special Olympics events!
Last summer, she and her brother Garrett were brainstorming ideas about projects that would fill their time and benefit others. Partially inspired by the book One Thousand Paper Cranes: Story of Sadiko and the Children’s Peace Statue by Takayuki, she undertook a project to create a mobile made from 1001 hand-folded origami cranes in remembrance of 9/11. She decided the project would be constructed as a gift from the youth of the state of Washington to the city of New York.
Kelsey recruited youth from across Washington to participate through her website and her contact with the
Department of Parks and Recreation, schools and at county fairs. She traveled around the state helping the
kids fold the origami cranes.
Kelsey's friend Lindy helping kids at the Clark County Fair
1001 paper cranes? According to Kelsey’s mom, Diane
Schmidt,Kelsey and the other youth made the first 1000 cranes and the
additional one is
a symbol of connection to the next thousand. The underside of each
crane contains the name, age and hometown of its
maker and iridescent plastic beads were placed between each crane on
the mobile to shine at the 9/11 memorial.
Kelsey and Commissioner Mullgrav of New York City
Kelsey presented her amazing mobile to the city of New York last September, on the second anniversary of 9/11. Kelsey says about her experience in New York:
"Commissioner Mullgrav (of the Department of Youth and Community Development of
Like many of our previous Amazing Kids of the Month, Kelsey is also involved in other community projects. She volunteers with a Special Olympics swim team and the Make a Wish Foundation. This will be the 3rd year she has organized a backpack project for use in travel by the “Wish” kids through her church as a Lenten project.
You can read more about Kelsey and her amazing project by visiting her website at: www.geocities.com/misswajrteen03/.
Amazing Kids! wishes you continued success, Kelsey! You are an inspiration to us all!
Calling all amazing kids! If you, or a young person you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Simply complete a nomination form for an Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us!
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