Katie Stagliano, a junior at Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville, will be honored with a Christopher Award for her children’s book “Katie’s Cabbage” (Young Palmetto Books/University of South Carolina Press) on May 19 in New York.
Written with Michelle H. Martin and illustrated by Karen Heid, the book tells the story of Katie’s efforts to address hunger in her community by donating a 40-pound cabbage she grew in her backyard to a local soup kitchen.
Katie also helped start a nonprofit called Katie’s Krops, which encourages others to donate food grown in private gardens to soup kitchens.
Katie is the youngest recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Civil Society, presented to her by Matt Damon in 2012.
She has been named a young leader by other organizations. Katie tours the country, speaking about Katie’s Krops and the power of youth service. She has written gardening blog posts for Lowe’s Creative Ideas and is a contributor to “State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume 2.”
Created in 1949, The Christopher Awards are presented to authors and illustrators as well as writers, producers and directors whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”