240 At-Risk US Students Get a Chance to Study at LeBron James New I PROMISE School in Ohio (PHOTOS INSIDE)

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The Typical Student team has already told you about the Family Foundation, educational initiative started by LeBron James. In case you missed that, see Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z & Other Celebrities Who Paid Their Fans' Student Loans.

 

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Source: @IPROMISESchool

 

LeBron James Takes His Educational Initiatives a Step Further

 

Now, we’re happy to announce, LeBron has taken it a step further. This past Monday, Mr. James announced the opening of “I Promise School” based in Akron, Ohio. Started under the aegis of the above mentioned Family Foundation, the school will house 240 students — 120 third-graders and 120 fourth-graders.

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Source: @IPROMISESchool

As reported by BusinessInsider, the “I Promise School” built in partnership with Akron Public Schools is meant for kids from disadvantaged families who are “at risk of falling behind.”

By 2022, the school is expected to house around 1,000 students in grades first through eighth.

 

Why Building a School? This is How LeBron James Explains It!

 

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Source: @IPROMISESchool

 

It’s a well-known fact that LeBron comes from a poor family himself. He told the media how he had to battle poverty and homelessness growing up. At some point he even missed a significant part of school in fourth grade. This is why, the world-famous basketball player wanted to build a school for kids growing up in similar circumstances and show them better life.

On the day before the official school opening, LeBron James took to Twitter to share how exciting he was about making it happen. He tweeted:

 “The jitters before the first day of school are real right now!!! Tomorrow is going to be one of the greatest moments (if not the greatest) of my life when we open the #IPROMISE School. This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams…”

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Source: @KingJames

“big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!! This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that. @LJFamFoundation we've always done it big”

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Source: @KingJames

 

“and it doesn't get bigger than opening day tomorrow (until the next thing we dream of 🤣) I'm so unbelievably proud and excited to see my kids, my home, and the 330 tomorrow. THANK YOU! Let's get it. Let’s go 💪🏾 @IPROMISESchool #WeAreFamily #IPROMISE”

 

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As told by Cleveland.com, the I Promise School is a bit different from regular public schools:

  • The school year will start from July 30 and finish in May to prevent the summer “slide” that often happens during the school holidays.
  • The I Promise School has its own nutrition program to support families in need with food through the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
  • Kids can enjoy the after-school programs which will keep them off the streets after the classes are over.
  • The I Promise School graduates will be able to earn a four-year scholarship to the University of Akron.
  • The school also offers a special program for parents that will allow earning a GEDs and help them go on with their education.

Without a doubt, LeBron James is the most notable figure to open a public school and his educational initiatives are highly commended by the public. See LeBron’s speech at the school grand opening:

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