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Food Drive July 15th & 17th

Katie needs your help to make her dream a reality.  Katie is hosting two events in July:

 On Thursday, July 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Katie will be at Aura Lee’s located at 140-C West Richardson Ave. in Historic Downtown Summerville. She is asking for your help in restocking the shelves at Tri County Family Ministries by dropping off donations of canned vegetables, canned meat and peanut butter. Canned goods with pop-tops are preferred so homeless guests of Tri County are able to open them. Everyone who drops off a donation will be given a gift certificate for a percentage off their purchase at Aura Lee’s.

 On Saturday, July 17th Katie is asking for your help by bringing vegetables from your home, friends and/or neighbors gardens to Children’s Orchards located at 1580 Old Trolley Rd. to donate to Tri County Family Ministries & The Palmetto House.  A few tomatoes, a zucchini, a pepper or two, any vegetable will greatly help people in our community who are struggling to eat.  If you don’t have a garden you can still help.  Donations of canned vegetables, pork & beans and peanut butter are welcomed.  Katie will be at the store from 10:30 to 1:00 p.m. but donations will be welcome all day long. In addition to other store promotions taking place that day Children’s Orchard will provide shoppers that donate food with a 10% off coupon.

Please stop by on Thursday, July 15th or Saturday, July 17th with your donations and help people in the Low Country have a healthy meal.  Together we can have a huge impact on helping those in need in our community.


Day one of the food drive was GREAT! Thank you Ms. Aura Lee, Mr. Bill, Ms. Christine & all of the wonderful people who donated 231 pounds of food! I hope to meet even more great people on Saturday at Children's Orchard and collect even more canned goods, fresh vegetables and boxed food. Thank you for helping to feed the Lowcountry & thank you to my friends Arrington and Lydia for all of their help last night!


The total is in! With the help of the wonderful people of the Lowcountry Katie's Krops Collected 535 pounds of food! Thank you everyone!!!!!


Please vote for Katie & help start two new vegetable gardens!


Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Farm Rich Kids Who Give Contest. The announcment will be made by Farm Rich on August 27th  if I have been selected to win a $1,000 grant to start two new vegetable gardens. I want you to know I already feel like a winner because of all of your support and kind words.

Thank you!!!!


Can you help with the fence?


The vegetable garden at the Palmetto House is in desperate need of a fence. Can you help? If you have a fence company and can help us with a fence that will keep the wildlife away from the vegetables please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 843-327-3366.

The garden at the Palmetto House (the Summerville Homeless Shelter/Soup Kitchen) feeds the residents and guests of the Palmetto House. Thank you!!!!!!

Disney Friends for Change Grant


Local Contact: Kristen McMullen

Director of Communications & Alumni Relations

Pinewood Preparatory School

1114 Orangeburg Road

Summerville, SC 29483

Office: (843) 376-0142 ext 2002

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Youth Service America Contact

Brandon Gryde

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Grant supports environmental initiatives that culminate on Global Youth Service Day 

SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA – Katie Stagliano, a Pinewood Prep 5th grade student, was one of 75 successful applicants around the world to receive a $500 Disney’s Friends for Change grant supporting youth-led environmental initiatives for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), the largest service event in the world, April 23-25. Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green ( is a program that encourages young people to take steps together with their friends to help the planet. The grants, administered by Youth Service America (YSA), offer youth the resources they need to bring environmental initiatives to life for their local communities.      

Each Disney’s Friends for Change grant recipient participating in GYSD will join the thousands of projects and millions of youth who work to make their communities a better place. The funded service projects will address a broad range of environmental issues including clean water, creating community gardens, and raising awareness about renewable energy. 

 In Katie’s project, Growing for the Greater Good, Katie along with her Pinewood Prep classmates will plant 14 rows of vegetable seedlings in a large scale vegetable garden located on the school grounds.  Everything that is harvested from this vegetable garden will be donated to local soup kitchens to help feed families in need in our community. This garden was started and is run by the young Pinewood student. The garden will be planted on Friday, April 23, 2010.  Local elected officials will be invited to Pinewood Prep to help support Katie and her classmates on Global Youth Service Day.

 “Over 12 million people in the United States alone go to bed hungry. Many of them are right here in South Carolina. I am very excited that Disney and Youth Service America selected me to receive this grant that will help me provide fresh vegetables to people in need in my community. The generous donation of vegetable seedlings for the garden from Bonnie Plants will help make a huge impact in my fight against hunger too. It is the best feeling to be able to help families who are struggling have a healthy meal,” said 11 year-old Katie Stagliano.

“Youth around the world care a great deal about the environment,” said Steve Culbertson, YSA president and CEO. “Disney’s Friends for Change grants are providing thousands of young people an opportunity to address those environmental issues that are the most pressing in their communities. And participating in Global Youth Service helps raise awareness of how children and youth are working towards creating a healthier planet.” 

For more information about the Disney Friends for Change Grants, visit To learn more about Global Youth Service Day, visit 



Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green is a multiplatform initiative that helps kids help the planet. Through the program, kids can learn practical ways to help the environment, get their friends involved, track their collective impact and have the opportunity to help Disney decide how $1 million in donations to various environmental causes will be made over the course of a year. Kids can join online at, where they'll commit to taking simple everyday actions, such as turning off the lights and switching to reusable water bottles, and find out more about why these actions matter. To date, kids have taken 1.5 million pledges that stand to prevent more than 70,000 tons of carbon emissions per year, save nearly 122 million gallons of water per month and prevent close to 200,000 pounds of trash from entering landfills every month. 

Youth Service America (YSA) improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement. The impact of YSA’s work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities. For more information, visit 

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. For more information, visit  

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      The Walt Disney Company

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      Brandon Gryde         Youth Service America

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Me & Mr. Bob in the NEW Greenhouse!