Student Inspires Class to BE AWESOME with Help From Kid President

StaroftheweekI am giddy just thinking about how proud I am of my sweet girl.  I’ve told you before that she is a touch shy.  And by shy, I mean, she prefers not to speak in front of people, she often hesitates to make eye contact, and if you are an adult, you sometimes have to lean in to hear her speak when you ask her a question.

This past week, Delaney was chosen to be ‘Star of the Week’ at school.  This means she is highlighted for being exceptionally good and kind the previous week.  Star of the Week Students bring in pictures of themselves and their family to show everyone about their lives – who they are, what makes them happy and what they love to do for fun.  Delaney had no problem doing that portion.  But on Thursday, the Star of the Week is also expected to lead the class in an activity – they can teach their classmates, sing a song, do a dance, read a book or any number of activities.  This had my girl’s tummy in knots.  And by proxy, mine too.

Until I saw this. This is one heck of a Pep Talk.  I wrote about how much I loved it.  I showed it to my family.  And my friends.  I posted it anywhere and everywhere because I thought everyone needed to see it.  And I still do.

But the best part?  When my small girl saw it, we began to formulate a plan for her Star of the Week class activity and it all revolved around talking about BEING AWESOME just like Kid President.

Here’s how it happened:

So, this is what Delaney did in her class:

She read Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken. 

She showed Kid President’s Pep Talk.

And then passed out a sheet of paper with a few questions:

  • “What makes you awesome?”,
  • “What can you do to make the world awesome?”
  • “Who supports you?”

I couldn’t WAIT until Delaney came home from school to hear all about it.  She actually stood in front of her class, read a poem, explained what the ‘Road Not Taken’ means, showed the video and talked about what it means to BE AWESOME.

She was AWESOME.

She had the time of her life.

And I’m having the time of mine.

  • DJ Waldow

    AWESOME. She’s adorable … and lucky to have two loving, caring parents.

    And her NOT COOL ROBERT FROST impression of Kid President is … AWESOME.

  • Nate St. Pierre

    I’ve already gushed about how much I love this video, so I won’t do it again here. I will say, however, that her Kid President impression is very, very good . . . and smile-inducing.

  • Danielle Smith

    Thank you, DJ. Hard to believe me when I say she is shy, right? Something about sitting on my lap and facing the video camera brings it out in her – well, that AND Kid President. She has watched it no less than 25 times. Amazing how kids can inspire kids. We need more of that.

  • Danielle Smith

    If we can make YOU smile, Nate? We win the Internet for the day. Thank you.

  • Rita Chand

    This is one of my most favorite videos! I saw it last Friday when a friend posted it on my Facebook page Ownyourawesome At the time, it had 26k views. I believe when I last checked, it had 5m+. That is amazing! I love love LOVE what your daughter did, and that you encouraged and inspired her to do so. My commitment to the world is that everyone start to own their own awesome which then just has other people own theirs. There is a shortage of people being awesome because they believe they are in the world, and i am here to just remind people. THIS is a great start. I’ve shared this post on my fanpage. I hope you and Delaney will check it out. The more people who know about it, the more people who share about it, the more people get reminded. Every single day. Thank you for sharing this with us. Amazing! Inspiring. And just plain awesome!

  • Rita Chand
  • Tyler

    Incredible! Good job MOM and good job Delaney!

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  • Lani Rosales

    I am so choked up at how AWESOME you are for guiding her, and how AWESOME she is for being brave in front of the class!!!

  • sheeshoo

    YOU are AWESOME! This is really amazing and great and I love that Kid President’s positive message helped you and your class. Your mom is AWESOME for working with you and supporting you. Keep doing things like this – because this helped make the world more AWESOME.
    Jes (a mom)

  • Danielle Smith

    Rita – you are purely delightful – thank you for all of your kind words, encouragement and inspiration. Delaney makes me better – of this, I am certain.

  • Danielle Smith

    Oh Tyler – thank you! I’m so grateful (Delaney is too!)

  • Danielle Smith

    Lani – THANK YOU for your wonderful message. I can’t tell you how grateful I am (we are!) I was so nervous about her….and she NAILED it – because she believed in every word. I need to bottle this experience and duplicate it. :)

  • Danielle Smith

    Jes – you are 27 shades of awesome – THANK YOU. Delaney is so thrilled with your message – and I’m so grateful. We will do our best to make sure she keeps right on going :)

  • Suzanne

    We are making a paper chain — each link is a note with a random act of kindness someone has done — noted on it. At the end of the year – we hope to have a HUGE chain! We just started and already have over 100 links! :) Would love to have more participating to add to our chain!

  • Danielle Smith

    Suzanne – what a great idea – I love that! Is this in a classroom? Or in your home?

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  • Melissa

    This is awesome! Delaney-I think I may use your idea in my classroom.