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SSAE Cares For Community With Bountiful Harvest of Love

Stacey Poore, Care and Share development director, speaks to Springs Studio students Dec. 10. "We're just very proud that our students understand their role in the community and how they can impact and affect change," said Jodi Fletcher, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence assistant principal, about a recent recognition from Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.
Sarah Schwabe, news anchor at KKTV 11 News in Colorado Springs, and Stacey Poore, chief development officer for Care and Share, presented Springs Studio students and faculty with the non-traditional school award on Dec. 10. The school donated the equivalent to 11,874 pounds of food during Care and Share's annual Harvest of Love food drive. 
Harvest of Love is Care and Share's annual school food drive held each November. This year, 95 schools across the region participated, raising the equivalent to 1.49 million pounds of food. Care and Share will be able to provide 1.2 million meals to southern Colorado families in need because of the generosity of area students. Harvest of Love is Care and Share's largest effort and positions the organization to be able to serve families approximately four months. 
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence has a rich tradition of supporting Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. In 2013, the school received the Giving Goblet award from the charitable organization for the biggest improvement over the previous year’s collection.
"Springs Studio for Academic Excellence is such an incredible partner of ours," said Shannon Coker, marketing and communications director for Care and Share. "Not only do they participate in Harvest of Love, they also volunteer in our gardens as a part of their Green Design and Technology class."
In 2014, Springs Studio continued to grow their support for Care and Share. Students and staff collected the equivalent of 7,905 pounds of food and was recognized with the overall non-traditional school award. 
"We do an amazing job of raising money," said Fletcher, "for every dollar we raise, Care and Share can turn it into 10 pounds of food. That's way better market upscale than just going to the grocery store and buying a couple cans of beans" 
"The students want to be a part of the solution to hunger," said Coker. "That is incredibly evident by not only giving their time but collecting food and money to feed families in need."
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence principal Dave Knoche looks on as Care and Share presents students an award Dec. 10.  Sarah Schwabe of KKTV 11 News (far right), presents SSAE students and staff with an award from Care and Share Dec. 10.
Matt Meister