Monday, January 14, 2013
Garden number 55 for Katie’s Krops is being built at Joseph R. Pye Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Summerville Tractor Supply store is donating the equipment being used to start the garden. Now with 54 gardens in 21 states, Katie’s Krops is helping feed less fortunate individuals one vegetable garden at a time.
Students at Joseph R. Pye Elementary School will help start the garden, but it will be maintained by Stephanie Baird’s students. Baird, who is a resource teacher within the Special Education Department at the school, informed Stacy and Katie about the need, and there was no hesitation to provide assistance.
“This gives our children with exceptionalities a discovery learning opportunity,” said Baird. “It’s a way to encourage responsibility and introduce ideas for possible career paths. Katie has been such an incredible role model to the children. It’s wonderful to have her involved.”
“We recently hosted our largest dinner to date at Pye Elementary,” said Katie Stagliano. “It was a three-course meal that fed more than 425 people. It was a great way to kick off the relationship and announce our plans for the school’s garden. Many of these children rely on subsidized meals during the school year, and the garden will provide healthy meals to the school’s families throughout the year. I could not be more proud of our volunteers and their dedication to feeding families in need.”
“Bless everyone at Tractor Supply for following along and helping us continue our dream,” said Katie’s mother, Stacy Stagliano. “Becoming a sponsor of Katie’s Krops helps us remain a sustainable solution to hunger in the local community. A lot of times, organizations will collect certain food items, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. We need to make sure we have the funding to keep kid’s gardens growing because they are a consistent food resource.”
Katie’s Krops also hosts monthly dinners at the Summerville Baptist Church for families in the community. The next meal will be Thursday, Nov. 29. In addition to the monthly meals, Katie now provides direct donations to families and provides vegetables to the Tri-county Family Ministries and Murray United Methodist Church Food Bank.