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It’s not often that a simple school assignment turns into a mission to feed the hungry. But Katie Stagliano did just that: took a school project and turned it into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit organization that aims to grow community gardens in all 50 states and feed hungry children.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more school s would encourage young children to use their energy to create something wonderful?
Learning to plant a garden is an amazing skill they can use later. From choosing where to plant, which crops would do best in their space, and how to care for them, gardening can teach young students to be responsible. It’ll also help them fall in love with real food they grow from scratch.
And who knows, maybe more kids will find ways to help humanity, just like Katie did.
Katie’s Krops – a wonderful mission
This video features 14-year-old Katie Stagliano and her mission to fight hunger across America.
Our School Garden! It all started in 2008 when her class was asked to plant cabbage seedlings as a school assignment. After a season of taking care of the seedling, her efforts paid off when she harvested a 40-pound cabbage.
Instead of cooking the huge vegetable in her home, she decided to donate it to a local soup kitchen in Summerville, South Carolina. To her surprise, the cabbage fed over 300 people. WOW! Talk about inspiration for fellow classmates and even adults!
On her way home, she thought of something bigger. She organized her classmates and started a school vegetable garden that aims to feed hundreds of starving families.
Her small project that started with a cabbage seedling grew into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit organization feeding hungry children in all 50 states through building community gardens.
Today, Katie’s Krops is managing over 60 gardens across the United States. It will surely be a long journey for this young girl to accomplish her goal of implementing 500 gardens, but with her determination and the inspiration she’s giving other people, she will surely create the change that she dreams of.
Do you find this story empowering to other people, most especially kids? What do you think about Katie’s dream to feed the hungry? Share with us your opinion.
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