JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coca-Cola Beverages Florida on Thursday donated 13 laptops to I’m A Star Foundation in honor of Black History Month.
A group of nearly 20 I'm A Star students received the laptops and took a tour of the facility on Huron Street in the Woodstock area of Jacksonville's Westside.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," said high school senior Jasmine Butler, who's now in her sixth year with the foundation. "I believe it's going to help so many students and be put to good use."
Coke Florida’s Chairman and CEO Troy Taylor said they chose I’m A Star Foundation among statewide community partners that “are developing the next generation of great leaders who will ultimately make a difference in the world.”
I'm A Star Foundation Executive Director Betty Seabrook Burney, former Duval County School Board chair, said the students will use the laptops for research.
"We need these laptops so badly because everything that our students do is researched-based. We do debates. They have to research. Whenever we're in meetings, they're using their smartphones or they're using their phones, which you can't get a whole lot from," Burney said. "Now that we laptops, it's just going to make our research so much greater."
Coke Florida also partnered with Family Dollar. This month, Family Dollar customers can help make a difference by purchasing any six-pack of 500-milliliter bottles or six-pack of 7.5-ounce mini-cans of Coca-Cola products. Purchases will help local stores qualify to receive new laptops to donate to local Boys & Girls Clubs organizations in their communities.
I’m A Star Foundation is a volunteer program that transforms middle and high school students into the next generation of leaders. An acronym for “Smart, Talented And Resilient” students, the foundation draws kids ages 13-18 from schools across Duval County. Students meet on weekends to work together on solutions to problems affecting their peers.