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.
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.
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.
17.Finally (and maybe most importantly), LeBron and his foundation made this a *public* school — 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.
LeBron James, thank you.
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