Nobbe Fund of CFSC supports summer enrichment program at Booker High School
Booker High School will host an Etiquette Fine Dining Event to conclude its 2013 Summer Athletic Academic Enrichment and Life Skills Program at 2 p.m. on July 18 at Michael’s on East (1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota). The event will highlight the program’s focus on sportsmanship, nutrition, healthy eating, and fine dining etiquette.
One focus of the program was etiquette – both on the field and in the dining realm – and Carolyn Major-Harper, Title I parental involvement facilitator, gave an interactive presentation on fine dining etiquette, complete with place settings and a live demonstration on the do’s and don’ts of dining etiquette. Dr. Thomas W. Clyburn, a Booker alumnus, also spoke to the student athletes about the importance of etiquette and communication skills in education and business.
The student athletes will demonstrate their knowledge at the program’s finale event. This treat in fine dining will include program highlights and student testimonials, as well as additional special activities.
As an enhancement to Booker’s summer strength training schedule, this new six-week program has provided academic enrichment and life skills to Booker’s football team. Participants enrolled in the program received academic instruction by certified teachers in the areas of mathematics, science and reading, using football as the primary content of the lessons. The goal of the program has been twofold: enhancing academic strength in the athletes, along with introducing life skills, such as time management, communication, team-building, and civic responsibility.
Funding for this program was provided, in part, by the Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Bowen Nobbe Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
“I am eternally grateful that Community Foundation consistently supports Booker High School’s sincere desire to enhance awareness and provide opportunities to a diversified population, with the ultimate goal of increasing the high school graduation rate,” said BHS principal Dr. Rachel Shelley.
Featured speakers during the program included Eric Hugan of SunCoast Workforce, who offered tips for successful navigation of the employment market; Sarasota County Schools Nutritional Educator/Chef Adriel Zahniser, who gave instruction on the value of nutrition and exercise; Carolyn Major-Harper, who shared information about proper etiquette; and Attorney Shelli Freeland Eddie, who taught students how to manage their social media presence in a respectful and advantageous way. Academic instructional leaders included BHS assistant principals Darby Larkin and Tricia Allen, while coaches Johnnie Jones, Jason Grain and James Haines provided mentoring.
“We are thankful for the Community Foundation for its grant support,” said BHS director of development Shelli Freeland Eddie. “In addition to the valuable academic enrichment the students received this summer, this will be the first fine dining experience for many of the student athletes in the program.”
As for the hosting facility, Michael’s on East not only is the natural choice for fine dining in Sarasota, but also the personnel are excellent role models in grace and etiquette, from the top down.
"We've been privileged to host so many special occasions in our community," said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael's On East. "It's certainly an honor to share a fine dining experience with these young athletes as they celebrate the completion of their 'training' this summer and put their newly-refined etiquette skills to use. Emily Post would be proud!"