Lebron James has done it again – and no, I’m not talking about his recent move to the Lakers or his (many) basketball accolades. The well-known philanthropist is giving back to the community yet again, this time right in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
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James just announced the opening of his new $8 million public school for at-risk children: the I Promise School. Missing 83 days of fourth grade himself, Lebron overcame significant adversity to get where he is today (a fact many people are not aware of).
The public school is launching with 240 students across the third and fourth grades, but plans to have first through eighth grades by 2022. Students that are academically behind their peers by one or two years will be randomly selected to attend the school. According to Time.com, the “out-of-the-box offerings include a long school day (eight hours); a “support circle” for students after lunch; and GED courses and job placement for parents. All are driven by James’ mission to help kids overcome what he faced as a low-income student in Akron.”
But James doesn’t stop there! The I Promise School has an extended school year, July through May, provides STEM-based camps for students during the seven-week summer session, and offers free breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks and access to a fitness trainer. Last (but not least!), James has promised to pay any student’s full tuition to a local public college after he or she makes it through the I Promise School and graduates high school.
Though people may have differing opinions about Lebron on the basketball court, there’s no denying the MAJOR impact that this school will have on thousands of children who would likely not have had access to a supportive education system, and, not to mention, the limitless opportunities that lay ahead.
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