SARASOTA, Dec. 7, 2016 – Entrepreneurs
connected to ABC’s Shark Tank are coming to Booker Middle School to make a
presentation starting at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9. All eighth-grade students
and their teachers will participate in an event designed especially for Booker
Drummonds appeared on the hit show and landed a deal with Shark Tank investor
Daymond John to market her high-protein ABS Pancakes. At Booker Middle,
Drummonds and business partner Josh McClelland will teach students about
nutrition and the importance of exercise while also receiving a sample of the
pancakes. Eighth-grade reading teacher Brenda Zofrea arranged to bring the
entrepreneurs to the school, with help from Peter Helfen, a local businessman.
event will start with a 7:30 a.m. presentation to all eighth-graders by
Drummonds, followed by breakout sessions with her and McClelland. The students
will sample the pancakes; the event also will include a physical fitness
activity on the school fields.
Zofrea, reading teacher at Booker Middle School, was frustrated by her students
coming to class every day asking for cookies and granola bars because they were
hungry; many also struggle to keep their heads up and their eyes open. When she
asked students what they ate for breakfast, many said they didn’t eat breakfast.
Those who did often ate high-carb “junk food” with little nutritional value.
That's when she decided her students needed some nutrition education and out to
Drummonds’ business partner and personal trainer, says he can personally relate
to Zofrea’s intensive reading students because he struggled with reading and faced
other challenges with his own education through middle and high school.
Brenda asked us if we would be interested in this project, we jumped at the
opportunity. We know the difference that nutrition, leadership and fitness can
make in helping students achieve success both academically and personally,”
Middle School is located at 2250 Myrtle St., Sarasota.