Jacksonville teens collect 30,000+ bottles in water drive for Jackson, Mississippi

I’m A Star Foundation Teen Influencers, Duval County Public Schools and JaxParks collected over 30,000 bottles of water to send to Jackson Mississippi at James Weldon Park on Sunday.

Volunteers from I‘m A Star Foundation Teen Influencers, 5000 Role Models of Excellence, Raines High School Royal Court and Andrew Jackson High School Royal Court worked in tandem collecting cases and distributing thank you cards.

Donations from Farah & Farah afforded the I’m A Star Foundation to hire T&N Xpress, LLC., to deliver the donations to Jackson which included a driver’s overnight stay. McGowan Medical Centers and The Players also donated funds.

In a recent press release, I’m A Star Foundation’s Executive Director Mrs. Betty Burney said they originally sought to collect 3,000 bottles and were overjoyed with the final tally of 30,161 bottles of water.

The drive was held in response to a request from Jackson Public Schools to help children ages six and younger (3,158 Pre-K and Kindergarten students) who remain at high risk for lead poisoning with the area’s current water status. Although Mississippi health officials lifted their boil-advisory and bottled water distribution initiated by the City’s recent water crises, state officials raised red flags about the amount of lead in the water pipes.

The I’m A Star Foundation is a volunteer program for middle and high school students geared towards promoting “the next generation of servant leaders.” An acronym for “Smart, Talented and Resilient” students, the I’m A Star Foundation invites children between the ages of 12 and 18 kids from Duval County schools to meet on weekends and “creatively co-work on solutions to problems affecting their peers.”

In a recent press release, the I’m A Star Foundation boasted of a 100 percent graduation rate since their establishment in 2010. Founder and Executive Director Betty Seabrook Burney is a former Duval Count School Board Chairwoman.

For more information, please visit www.imastarfoundation.org .