Amazing Kids! Is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! Of the Month!
Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing Young Gardener, Anti-Hunger Activist, and Launch My Dream! T-Shirt Design
Winner, Katie Stagliano, age 10; Summerville, South Carolina
Amazing Katie Stagliano, age 10, and her 40-pound cabbage that fed 275 people!
Quotes of the Month:
- “I think it is important to have something to strive for. By planting a garden or just some seeds in a pot you can make a difference. My cabbage alone fed 275 people. If more kids did the same, we all could be helping to make a long time dream of no hungry people possible.”
- “Knowing that 12 million kids in the U.S go to bed hungry makes it easier to be thankful for what I have.” – Katie Stangliano, Age 10, Amazing Young Gardener, Anti-Hunger Activist and Winner of the Amazing Kids!’ “Launch My Dream!” T-Shirt Design Contest
Our March 2009 Amazing Kids! of the Month:
When Katie Stangliano of Summerville, South Carolina planted a cabbage seedling in her backyard last year at age 9, little did she know it would grow to an amazing 40 pounds!
Realizing it could feed far more than her own family, she decided to donate it to a soup kitchen at Tricounty Families Ministry. Her cabbage fed nearly 300 people that day and the wonderful experience inspired Katie to do more to help end childhood hunger. She decided to enter the first-ever Amazing Kids!’ “Launch My Dream” T-Shirt Design Contest to get help in launching her dream of no hungry children. And guess what? She won!
Read more about Katie and her amazing dream, and see how you can join her and help her in her dream to end childhood hunger in America and beyond!
Don’t forget: If you, or a young person (or persons!) you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Simply complete our Amazing Kids! of the Month award online nomination form, visit our AKOM nomination information page (www.amazing-kids.org/nomination.htm#nomination) or email us!
Meet Katie Stagliano, Amazing Young Gardener, Anti-Hunger Activist and Launch My Dream! T-Shirt Designer
Amazing Katie with her brother Michael, posing with
the 40-pound cabbage she grew in their backyard!
According to United Nation’s World Food Program, 25,000 people across the world die every day from hunger and related issues. Among the key causes of hunger are natural disasters, conflict, poverty, poor agricultural infrastructure and over-exploitation of the environment. There is a lot that needs to be done to eliminate world hunger and everybody has to be involved.
When ten year old Katie Stangliano of Summerville, South Carolina learned about this, and about hungry children right in her own community, she decided to do her part. “I think it’s important to help stop world hunger,” she notes.
So when a cabbage seedling she planted in her backyard grew to an amazing 40-pound size, she decided to donate it to the Fields to Families program, which brings fresh produce to the needy. Her cabbage was ultimately utilized by Tricounty Families Ministry in North Charleston, South Carolina to feed nearly 300 people.
Katie was further moved to learn that 12 million kids in the U.S go to bed hungry each night, and that so many children today do not eat enough to be healthy. Inspired by her experience with Fields to Families, Katie decided to do more. She decided to help teach other children about how they, too, can make a difference.
“I think it is important to have something to strive for. By planting a garden or just some seeds in a pot you can make a difference. My cabbage alone fed 275 people. If more kids did the same, we all could be helping to make a long time dream of no hungry people possible.” she explains.
Katie’s Winning T-Shirt Design for the Amazing Kids!’ “Launch My Dream!” T-Shirt Design Contest
Amazing Katie wearing her wining “No Hungry Children” –themed
Launch My Dream! thermal shirt and hoodie
which she designed
To fulfill her dream of a hunger-free world, Katie decided to participate in the first-ever Amazing Kids!’ “Launch My Dream!” T-Shirt Design Contest. The goals of the Launch My Dream! initiative are to help kids who have a passion to accomplish a big dream for their amazing future, by gathering the resources they’ll need to launch their dreams.
As part of the contest, Amazing Kids collaborated with verimeri (verymeri.com), a clothing company and website which helps charities and schools create and sell clothing items to raise money for their cause.
Alyse Rome, the Founder and President of Amazing Kids! explains: “The initiative was born out of what I saw was a great need for comprehensive resources for kids and teens to launch their dreams and get a head start planning for their future. Through a strategic collaborative effort with our partners and supporters, the Launch My Dream! initiative provides hope and inspiration for kids, direction, hands-on assistance and a ‘jump start’ to youth so our children’s potential won’t go to waste.”
Katie’s winning t-shirt design was based on her mission to fight world hunger. The front of the t-shirt states: “My Dream…No Hungry Children,” and on the back, it says: “It Will Only Take a Seedling.”
Composite of Katie Stagliano, age 10, and her “No Hungry Children”-themed
Launch My Dream! T-shirt and hoodie designs
Katie says: “I hope my t-shirt design will spread the word that there should and could be no hungry children. I think it’s important to help stop world hunger, and if kids like me decide to grow a vegetable and donate it to their local food bank or soup kitchen, they are helping launch my dream. I hope Amazing Kids! can help launch the dreams of many more kids like me.”
10% of the t-shirt proceeds will be given to Katie in support of launching her dream of “No Hungry Children.” Katie plans to donate her share to hunger causes, including a local Charleston area soup kitchen. The remaining 10% of proceeds will go to Amazing Kids! in support of the Launch My Dream! initiative, to help even more kids like Katie launch their amazing dreams.
To support Katie’s dream, you can purchase a shirt or hoodie by visiting the Amazing Kids! Online Store at: www.zazzle.com/amazingkids.
Katie’s Dreams for an Amazing Future
“If I could teach kids to grow vegetables, we could make sure no children go to bed hungry. It would only take a packet of seeds, water, soil, and some TLC (“tender loving care”) and any kid could grow vegetables in their backyard.” she says talking of her future plans.
Katie recently learned that her school has set aside a large plot of land on school property, so that the entire school can help Katie plant vegetables to donate to their local food banks as well as help provide healthy vegetables for the students’ school lunches. Through a generous grant from Fields to Families, Katie’s school will receive seeds, volunteer help, and Katie will get the chance to work with a master gardener as her mentor!
She hopes to inspire hundreds of other kids just the way she was inspired by her own swim coach.
“I met Brielle when I was seven. She was my swim coach. When I joined the swim team I couldn’t even swim across the pool but, she stuck with me and supported me and that year, my first year of swim team, I qualified for the Championship meet. Brielle and I became great friends. She is a great role model because she works very hard at all she does, she was Valedictorian, she is a fantastic swim coach and terrific swimmer, and she shows hard work pays off,” she says about her role model.
So, what has Katie learned from this experience?
“This whole experience taught me to be grateful for what I have and try to give to those in need. Knowing that 12 million kids in the U.S go to bed hungry makes it easier to be thankful for what I have. I took a class trip to Camp Saint Christopher in a South Carolina Barrier Island. They had a no food waste policy. They encouraged us to take only what we would eat. So many kids waste food because they don’t understand that the food could go to kids in need who don’t have any food. I had no idea that donating a cabbage to a soup kitchen would give so many people a meal. At the soup kitchen, a lot of people thanked me for helping to feed them. I realized that that may be their only meal that day…”
We, at Amazing Kids!, are honored to be helping such an amazing young lady launch her dream. By helping support hunger relief organizations working to insure hungry children everywhere have enough food to eat this Winter and beyond, Katie is doing her part to help make a difference in our world.
Want to join Katie in her dream to fight childhood hunger?
You can get your very own “No Hungry Children” t-shirt, long sleeved thermal, or hoodie designed by Katie here: www.zazzle.com/amazingkids
We believe in you, Katie and your amazing dream. Go, Katie!!!
- Learn more about Katie, her amazing cabbage and her Launch My Dream! t-shirt:
- Order your very own Launch My Dream! “No Hungry Children” T-shirt, designed by Katie! Proceeds benefit hunger relief organizations and help kids like Katie launch their dreams!
- Learn more about Launch My Dream! initiative: www.amazing-kids.org/launchmydream.html
- Learn about Fields to Families work to help provide needy families in South Carolina with locally grown food: http://www.fieldstofamilies.org/
A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:
It’s no secret…every person has an “amazing-ness” inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that “amazing-ness” is!)
If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it! Tell us about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are! We are always looking for new stories. And don’t be shy! We’d love to hear from you!
Here’s an idea you might want to try:
WHY NOT HELP OTHERS SEE THEIR OWN POTENTIAL?
If you know someone who needs a little encouragement, why not tell them what you think is special about them? Maybe you can be the one to help them uncover their own special talent.
Amazing Kids! is looking for teens to be Amazing Teen Volunteers and Ambassadors. If you’d like to join Amazing Kids! in helping to spread the word, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org