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STCU's Hundred Dollar Project Votes Mead's Projects 1st and 2nd out of 53 Participants

This is the third year for the Hundred Dollar Project, which encourages teens to "start a movement, launch an innovation, brighten a life, or change the world."

Ashley Ridgely led "Making a Change One Blanket at a Time," the Mead group that made blankets featuring fun designs for kids to enjoy and ribbon-like ties around the borders. The blankets will not only provide warmth, they will "remind the children how much they matter to our community and the world," according to the team's description of the project.

Preston Smith led "Kranes for Kids," another team from Mead High School. Kranes for Kids received $1,500 for its project creating origami cranes made out of $1 bills. The cranes were then sold to raise funds to buy boots and other necessities for foster children staying at Sally's House in Spokane.

Earlier this year, 53 teams of teens from Washington and Idaho submitted project ideas, and judges narrowed those down to 15 that received $100 each to help with the work. Each of the 15 finalists was invited to report back with a video showing how they used the $100 to do good.

From December 6 through December 10, visitors to hundreddollarproject.org watched the videos and submitted more than 1,800 votes for the project they felt was most deserving of further prizes. To make the selection fair to smaller schools, winners were selected based on a combination of voting and judging.