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Junior Achievement Partners With Booker High School Stacks Club
to Bring Fundraising Opportunities and Business Education to Students

Sarasota, Florida – November 13, 2013 – Junior Achievement of Sarasota-Manatee 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.

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. After several initial meetings, members expressed their desire to learn more about entrepreneurship. This prompted the club to change its name to the Stacks Entrepreneur Club and repurpose as a 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising business under the umbrella of Booker High School’s 501(c)(3) status. The business objective of the Stacks Entrepreneur Club is to raise money for unfunded needs of the school and to donate funds to local community organizations.

Now with seven active members, the Stacks Entrepreneur Club formed a working agreement with Junior Achievement Sarasota/Manatee for guidance on meeting two additional goals. The first is to raise money and product donations to provide backpacks and school supplies for students of Emma E. Booker Elementary who qualify for free breakfast and reduced lunch prices. The second goal is to raise money for a scholarship to be presented to a deserving graduate in the name of Beverly Porter, a longtime guidance counselor retiring at the end of this year.

“We are proud to provide the guidance and support for the members of the Stacks Entrepreneur Club of Booker High School,” said Maggie Haley, Executive Director of JA Sarasota/ Manatee. “These students are learning the important values and skills that will prepare them for successful futures, all while they contribute financial and material assistance to children who need it most.”

About Junior Achievement Sarasota/Manatee
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Visit JASarasota.org for more information.

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 Photo Caption: Saul Coplan pictured with members of the Stacks Entrepreneur Club.