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Cool Kid brightens community with music

December 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Cool Kid Samantha Smith founded the Young Singers of Orange County, and her two goals are teaching the children music and exposing them to the importance of community service. Through music, Samantha sees a very important result."The growth of self-confidence in specific children, because music does miraculous things to how proud we are of ourselves," Samantha said.

When her group is involved in the community, the children feel great knowing that they could impact lives.

"A smile from a cute little 5-year-old is going to brighten your day, so I think already they are starting to understand that they can make a difference, despite their age," Samantha explained.

Whether helping at a food collection center or singing at a hospital, Samantha's kids see how they make others feel.

"It also gives to the people in those places who really need someone like that to go in there and sing them a song and show them that they care," she said.

Samantha has started something special, and she is taking steps to make sure it continues even if she goes away to college.

"Right now, I'm training quite a few other high school kids who are musically inclined and want this leadership opportunity and this teaching opportunity to continue the organization," she said.

Giving a new generation the gift of music and teaching them the power of giving to others, she is our Cool Kid, Samantha Smith.