An inspiring student at our Cool School of the week Pinewood Prep is doing what she can to help others, not only in her community, but across the country. She is making a difference.
Katie Stagliano, a freshman at Pinewood Prep, knew early on she wanted to help others. Katie says, “I started Katie's Krops when I was in the 4th grade, because in the third grade I grew a 40 pound cabbage, which I donated to a soup kitchen which helped to feed 275 people. That really inspired me to do more to help those people. I figured one cabbage could help to feed 275 people, now imagine how many people an entire garden would feed.”
Katie's Krops in a not-for profit organization with the mission to start and maintain vegetable gardens, of all sizes, and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. Now there are more than 65 Katie's Krops vegetable gardens in over 25 states across the U.S.
Katie's school Pinewood Preparatory School played a major role in making her dream a reality. She says “I went to Pinewood and I said this is what I was doing, and they were like we have a plot of land for you. They gave me a plot of land about the size of a football field, which was incredible. I started then with a really small garden and it just kind of grew.”
More gardens followed at farms, schools, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and private homes, with the harvest from all donated to local soup kitchens, a homeless shelter and families in need in the community. To date Katie has donated thousands of pounds of healthy food to those in need. The garden at Pinewood is the flagship Katie's Krops garden, producing more than three-thousand pounds of fresh produce last year. Pinewood also tied the garden in to it's physical education curriculum.
Katie and her friends also cook monthly healthy dinners for those in need using the harvest from her garden. All of Katie's gardens are planted and cared for in an environmentally friendly manner.
In September of last year, Katie became the youngest recipient ever of the Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in a civil society. The award recognizes individuals from various sectors who demonstrate visionary leadership in addressing global challenges. Katie says, “It feels incredible to make a difference. I know I couldn't do it without the support of my friends, and school, and together we can make a huge impact and we really do by working in the garden and cooking dinners, and donating the produce.”
For more information on Katie's Krops click here.