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Sarasota News Leader November 15, 2013 Page 80 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PARTNERS WITH BOOKER HIGH STACKS CLUB Junior Achievement of Sarasota-Manatee has announced a working partnership with the Stacks Entrepreneur Club of Booker High School. "The goal of the collaboration is to help educate students, raise funds for the community and develop a scholarship opportunity in the name of Beverly Porter, a beloved, longtime guidance counselor with the school," a news release says. Formed in 2010 by Saul Coplan, a volunteer with Booker High School and mentor with Take Stock In Children of Sarasota, the Stacks Club was established to reach out to students and teach the value of investing, the release explains. After several initial meetings, members expressed a desire to learn more about entrepreneurship, the release adds. This prompted the club to change its name to the Stacks Entrepreneur Club and repurpose itself as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising business under the umbrella of Booker High School's 501(c)(3) status, the release notes. Saul Coplan poses with members of the Stacks Entrepreneur Club. Contributed photo for free breakfast and reduced lunch prices," it says. The second is to raise money for a scholarship to be presented to a deserving graduate in the name of Beverly Porter, a longtime school guidance counselor who is retiring at the end of this year. The objective of the Stacks Entrepreneur "We are proud to provide the guidance Club is to raise money for unfunded needs of and support for the members of the Stacks the school and to donate money to commu- Entrepreneur Club of Booker High School," nity organizations. said Maggie Haley, executive director of Now with seven active members, the Stacks Junior Achievement Sarasota/Manatee, in Entrepreneur Club has formed the agreement the release. "These students are learning the with Junior Achievement Sarasota/Manatee important values and skills that will prepare for guidance on meeting two additional goals, them for successful futures, all while they the release continues. "The first is to raise contribute financial and material assistance money and product donations to provide to children who need it most." backpacks and school supplies for students of Emma E. Booker Elementary who qualify Visit JASarasota.org for more information. %

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