Leadership St. Pete® Class of 2019 has selected Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, a nationally accredited, nonprofit middle school that empowers students qualifying for need-based scholarships to become future community leaders.  Funds raised for the project will create an outdoor organic garden that will not only benefit the students at Academy Prep, but also will bolster awareness in the surrounding community and serve to reinforce the benefits and importance of an active, healthy lifestyle and will provide fresh healthy food to a community with limited resources.

LSP Class of 2019 selected Academy Prep based on its impressive history of achievement in providing children from underprivileged backgrounds the tools, structure, and rigorous programs to overcome obstacles in order to break the cycle, advance academically and intrinsically, as well as become leaders in their community.

All funds raised will go toward an organic community garden, mobile cooking stations, and enhanced fitness areas as part of Academy Prep’s GROW, COOK, MOVE initiative.  The garden is slated to include raised garden beds, herb gardens, fruit trees, a butterfly garden, an irrigation system, sunshades, pavers, and more.  A teaching area with picnic tables and a mobile cooking center will teach students how to cook the produce they have grown and the fitness area improvements are to reinforce the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle.