LeBron James’ I Promise School opens in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, today. The school, built in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will serve Akron’s most at-risk youth to help give them the tools to have a successful future. James tweeted about the opening, calling it one of the “greatest moments” of his life.
1. Every kid at the school gets a free bicycle and helmet, because LeBron says his own childhood bike helped him get out of dangerous neighborhoods and explore his city as a kid.
2. Students receive free breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout their school day. They also get free uniforms.
3. If a student’s family is struggling to put food on the table, the school has its own food bank for them to use.
4. LeBron has guaranteed that every single student who graduates from his school will receive free college tuition at the University of Akron.
5. Not that this is the most ~important~ thing, but can we talk about how COOL the building is? The walls are lined with the athlete’s former game shoes.
6. The school’s calendar is uniquely designed to keep students engaged in their learning. This includes having a longer school day and a shorter summer break.
7. For the school’s seven-week summer recess, they offer an optional STEM-based summer camp.
8. The school places a huge emphasis on their emotional well-being. Students have support circles every day after lunch, and daily classes to help them develop healthy life habits.
9. And it’s not just the students who are being served by the school: LeBron is implementing programs to help the parents of these children, too. For example…
10. Parents at the school are given access to a GED program if they didn’t graduate high school.
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