A new Sarasota after school program has been named after Earl and Mary Watts, who were among Sarasota County's first black school administrators. The Earl and Mary Watts after –school program will be held in Janie's Garden, a mixed–income housing community in North Sarasota.

The Watts' were killed in 2002 and are remembered as beloved and influential members of the community. Thanks to a grant from United Way Suncoast, the program will provide academic support and after–school care for 6– to 12–year–old children living in Janie's Garden.

According to the Herald-Tribune, the program will be facilitated by Marie Byrd, director of USF Sarasota–Manatee's School of Education, and six USFSM students will serve as tutors and mentors at the center.