Weaver donates $250K to Jacksonville special education school

Now, she’s challenging the community to help the school finish its capital campaign

Delores Barr Weaver and her husband, Wayne
Delores Barr Weaver and her husband, Wayne (Submitted)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just in time for the holidays, Delores Barr Weaver is making a major donation to a Jacksonville school for students with learning differences – and she’s challenging the community to chip in, too.

On Friday, Morning Star School announced that Weaver has pledged $250,000 toward its campaign to fund the construction of a new high school. Weaver’s donation brings the campaign to $1.5 million of its $1.6 million goal, and she’s offered to match up to $50,000 in donations to raise the rest of the money.

“Morning Star School has demonstrated the need for and the community investment in the Building a Brighter Future capital campaign as it has progressed,” Weaver said. “By issuing a challenge grant, I hope to inspire others to join me in supporting a successful finish to this worthwhile campaign.”

The campaign will allow the school to build a new high school that’s expected to nearly double the size of its existing campus. Plans include two new wings, eight classrooms and a state-of-the-art media and learning center, which will be named after Weaver.

“We used savings and a loan to build our new high school so completing the campaign on time was crucial for future success,” said Maria Johnson, the school’s director of development. “To receive a call from The Community Foundation saying Mrs. Weaver wanted to help was thrilling.”

Located on Mickler Road in Arlington, Morning Star School serves K-12 students from Northeast Florida with learning and intellectual differences, attention deficit disorders and autism spectrum disorders. To learn more or to donate, visit the school’s website.

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