Each week, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens and select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination in our comment box below or e-mail the information to Stefani.email@example.com.
Here's our story on this week's Whiz Kid:
Bloeme Daly, 8
Second-grade, Daniel Warren School
Whiz Kid’s Accomplishment: Bloeme is helping to teach students at Daniel Warren how to make homemade origami cranes to benefit “Paper Cranes For Japan” which will help victims of the Japanese earthquake.
Keys to Awesomeness: When Bloeme’s best friend Haruka moved back to Japan, Bloeme was heartbroken. After the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, Bloeme wanted to do something to help her friend—who lived 40 miles from where the earthquake occurred—and others who were in dire circumstances.
Inspired by a fundraiser at the school where her mother works—the United Nations International School (UNIS)—Bloeme learned how to fashion origami cranes and, with permission from Principal Joan Babcock, set up a stand in the hallway to instruct her classmates how to fold the cranes.
“My mom told me she did it at her school and I wanted to do it,” said Bloeme about her inspiration to set up a stand at her school.
Bloeme and her twin brother, Ari, went around to all the classrooms to promote the cause.
For each crane made and sent to Students Rebuild in Seattle, the Bezos Family Foundation will contribute $2 to Architecture for Humanity’s relief efforts in Japan.
On Friday, 120 cranes will be sent to the Bezos Family Foundation, which will generate approximately $240 for earthquake victims.
Bloeme’s mother, Truike Daly, is no stranger to fundraising as founder of , an organization dedicated to providing a school for children living near the Ganges River in India. She has, no doubt, inspired similar sentiments in her children.
If you would like to contribute to “Paper Cranes for Japan” you can view a step-by-step video of how to fold an origami crane here. Cranes can be photographed and uploaded to Facebook or mailed to Students Rebuild, 1700 7th Ave., Ste. 116 #145, Seattle, WA 98101.