Charter School Receives $5,000 Science Equipment Donation

Sarasota Military Academy, a local, public charter school, recently received a donation of science lab equipment from Alex Bottorff, a third-year chemistry student at New College of Florida.

The donated items, which included graduated cylinders, Erlenmeyer flasks, test tubes, pipettes, mortar and pestles, volumetric flasks and beakers, were gifted by Bottorff and the donation is valued at $5,000. The glassware will be used in science courses and labs including Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science.

“Receiving a donation of this size, a collection of lab equipment that can be used in various ways throughout our curriculum, is an incredible gift to our Academy and our cadets,” said SMA-CPT Gabriella Elmir, Sarasota Military Academy IB/Biology Instructor. “We appreciate Mr. Bottorff’s generosity that will give our students the opportunity to have a more hands-on approach to learning and will help to cultivate their scientific interests.”

“I am incredibly honored to gift these items to the staff and students of Sarasota Military Academy,” said Alex Bottorff. “Giving back to our community and investing in the lives of the students at SMA is a great opportunity to bless other students. My faith is one of my biggest motivations for giving back – I believe, by sowing into the lives of these students and their teachers, the community will reap great rewards.”

About Sarasota Military Academy
Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter school, college preparatory academy and an accredited IB Diploma and Middle Years Programme (MYP) School with two campuses located in Sarasota, Florida. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multi-cultural and globalized world. Sarasota Military Academy High School is located at 801 N. Orange Avenue and Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School, is located at 3101 Bethel Lane. To learn more about SMA, visit

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