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17 Facts About LeBron James' New Public School You Really Need To Know

Every kid gets a free bike and helmet.

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This week, LeBron James opened a public school specifically designed for "students in Akron who need it most." LeBron spent millions of dollars and a decade of his life working to open this school in his Ohio hometown.

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And y'all, every single detail I learn about this school makes me want to cry a little. Here are just a few reasons why the I Promise School is so incredible:

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.

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2. Students receive free breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout their school day. They also get free uniforms.

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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.

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4. LeBron has guaranteed that every single student who graduates from his school will receive free college tuition at the University of Akron.

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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.

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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.

Ready for year-round school πŸ’ͺ🏾 #IPROMISE #WeAreFamily

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7. For the school's seven-week summer recess, they offer an optional STEM-based summer camp.

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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.

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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...

The kid from Akron with his kids from Akron. #IPROMISE #WeAreFamily

10. Parents at the school are given access to a GED program if they didn't graduate high school.

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11. If a parent is unemployed, the school has resources to help them find a job.

@KingJames touring @Rachel__Nichols through his @IPROMISESchool & showing off what the Akron Community built and came together for! #IPROMISE 😎🏫 #WeAreFamily https://t.co/XkEaBpLhW6

12. The school will even help parents find suitable housing for their families. The school's motto is "We Are Family," and they really live up to it.

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13. OH, and you'll be glad to know that the school treats the teachers pretty incredibly, too!

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14. You might not know this, but most teachers have to pay for their own classroom supplies. But at LeBron's school, all supplies are provided for them.

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15. To ensure that they are well-equipped to help their students, every teacher at the I Promise School is given access to free psychological services as well as career development trainings.

Our #IPROMISE School Staff are gathering all around the school to greet @KingJames kids as they arrive for the 1️⃣st day at 9am! #WeAreFamily https://t.co/updAKRs6Fi

16. LeBron even hired a personal trainer for the teachers to use if they want!

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17. Finally (and maybe most importantly), LeBron and his foundation made this a *public* school β€” it's not charter or private. That means it's totally free for students to go, and the school isn't treated differently from any other in the Akron district.

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LeBron James, thank you.

All smiles for @KingJames #IPROMISE Students πŸ˜πŸ™Œ #ChosenOnes