- Friday | September 11, 2020
- 9:00 am
- Watch the Today Show
The Today Show will mention Take Stock Sarasota as part of their feature on the award-winning documentary 9/11 Kids during their 9:00 hour, on Friday, September 11, 2020.
SARASOTA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 – The documentary begins by taking the audience back to the morning of September 11th. President George W. Bush was listening to a story as the classroom of second-graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida were reading. It was at this moment that the President was notified that a plane had hit the second tower of the World Trade Center. For the 16 kids and their teacher, Sandra Kay Daniels, this iconic moment in American history is forever etched in their minds. Now, almost 20 years later, the film reveals what has become of this classroom of gifted, predominantly African American children.
Since introducing the 9/11 documentary, a scholarship fund has been set up to honor the late Principal Gwendolyn Tose’-Rigell, whose tireless work and dedication helped attract President Bush to the school in 2001 to celebrate the school’s achievements in literacy and talk about the national education initiative, No Child Left Behind. Now, almost 20 years after that historic tragedy, this new scholarship will be awarded annually to a senior at Booker High School who has attended the three Booker schools, Emma E. Booker Elementary, Booker Middle School and Booker High School. Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County has been chosen as the scholarship partner. Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Studios company and producer of the documentary, is contributing funds to seed the scholarship along with Elizabeth St. Philip.
“This scholarship is such a wonderful gesture and will help a life-long Booker student continue their education beyond the walls of our schools,” says Mrs. Sandra Kay Daniels, a long-time teacher at Emma E. Booker Elementary School who was the classroom teacher during President Bush’s visit on September 11, 2001 and is interviewed in 9/11 Kids. To donate, please go to www.takestocksarasota.org, click 9/11 Kids Scholarship on the banner and include “9/11 Kids” in the Custom Message box.
Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County is a Florida-based non-profit organization that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. We offer our students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.