What would you give to fight a battle you can never win?

StarfishThrowers_KatieCheck out the trailer for the documentary “The Starfish Throwers,” a movie about people who fight hunger and hopelessness. The trailer mentions that there are now 47 Katie’s Krops gardens. One was built right on our school grounds by a student at Airport Heights.  Dream Big!


20140918_210333Denali’s garden was amazing this year. She applied for an won a grant from Katie’s Krops and is proud to share her bounty with the students at Airport Heights.

Here are some pictures and the card she is including with her “krops.”

I recieved a grant this year from Katie’s Krops. My goal was to grow potatoes and onions. With help, I built two raised garden beds in front of our school. I planted the seeds, watered and tended the plants through the summer and this week is harvest week. I would like to share with you and your family some of the produce from my garden. It is all fresh and a healthy alternative. I hope you enjoy it.

Denali Ray 6th Grader

Thank you to all the supporters of our school garden program, including Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and the Alaska Division of Agriculture Farm to School Program.

image001Airport Heights Elementary School fifth-grader Denali Ray has been awarded a $500 grant from Katie’s Krops, a group started by a 9-year-old girl to end hunger.  Denali’s grant will enable her to build a vegetable garden and donate the harvest to the hungry.  She plans to build her garden on the grounds of Airport Heights Elementary School.  Her harvest will be donated to Airport Heights students in the Backpack Buddies program, which sends food home with children on the weekends.  She was also awarded a digital camera to document her progress throughout the summer.  Denali has been a member of the Airport Heights Garden Club for two years, and she also trained as a Junior Master Gardener with the Alaska Botanical Garden.

Mrs. Jasper’s 2nd grade and Mr. Simpson’s 4th/5th grade classes harvested vegetables from the Airport Heights school garden.  Ms. Becker’s 6th grade class helped their 2nd grade buddies weigh our donation to Bean’s Cafe:  19 pounds of potatoes and 15 pounds of carrots.   The total yield of the garden was about 100 pounds of potatoes and 80 pounds of carrots

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