The first printing of Heidi and the Tsunami was for 1,000 books, and they were given to every kindergartner and public library on the Kenai Peninsula, an area of 25,000 square miles. Seeing my books with glossy pages and saddle-stitch bindings was one of the coolest moments of my life. Throughout the year, a combination of corporate sponsors and local, state, and federal funding accumulated, allowing the other two books to be printed, as well as reprints of Heidi and the Tsunami. The Borough Office of Emergency Management requested that I consider writing a book on wildfires, so I spent the first month of summer vacation researching, writing, and illustrating Spencer and the Wildfire. As of last August, 29,000 copies of my books have been printed. Each elementary teacher in our school district was given a set of my four books for use in the classroom. In addition, sponsors of my books are distributing copies to communities throughout my state. Speaking at my town’s Chamber of Commerce meeting, at a school board meeting, and to peers at a state student government conference have all helped to raise awareness of the need for disaster preparedness. This April, I traveled to Oregon to speak at the Soroptimist conference and have received many requests for my books. I sent enough books for one of Oregon’s senators to distribute copies to every elementary school in her district. It has been amazing to watch my project grow. Some of the most rewarding experiences occur when I travel to different elementary classrooms and preschools and talk to the kids about disaster preparedness. try to excite them about volunteering in the community and teach them to never doubt their potential to accomplish great things.