In Akron, Ohio, it's the first day of school for 240 vulnerable students attending the opening year of I Promise School – and all thanks to LeBron James. The NBA superstar founded the school as an extension of the LeBron James Family Foundation to give children the opportunity to succeed in difficult life situations.
"I know these kids, basically more than they know myself, I walked the same streets, I rode the same bikes on the roads they drive on, I experienced the same feelings – the good, the Bad things, bad luck, everything that these children are going through ̵1; the drugs, the violence, the weapons, everything that they go through as children, I know, for me to be in a position where I have the resources, the finances, the people who has structure and the city around me – why not? "
How did LeBron start its own public school?
In November 2017 The LeBron James Family Foundation contacted the Akron Board of Education to help set up a school to help vulnerable children stay behind in their studies and fight at home.
The I Promise School is a joint venture of the Foundation and Akron Public Schools. The school board oversaw the creation of the curriculum and ensured that the school met educational standards, while LeBron served as the main donor in shaping the school's out-of-school goals.
How is the I Promise School different? any other school?
The school will be working for more than a normal school year, with a focus on accelerated learning to bring up-to-date children who might otherwise be left behind. In addition, the focus is on counteracting factors outside the classroom that could cause difficulties for children.
There are services available to help students deal with stress associated with parents who have difficulty making ends meet. In addition, there are activities that prevent the children from losing too much time and possibly getting into trouble.
The school also offers services to families, which include arranging jobs for parents and a local food bank
LeBron James often refers to his bicycle as a major factor in his childhood, escaping him from dangerous parts its neighborhood and the freedom of exploration enabled – every student gets a bike when they arrive.
Director Brandi Davis told the Los Angeles Times the goals of the I Promise School:
"I think the missing link in public education is family support," said Brandi Davis, Principal. "Because our students come to school and are worried at home … We want to create this safe, secure and caring and loving environment for our families and our students so our children can focus on education."
Hat LeBron did not help with education earlier?
The LeBron James The Family Foundation has been committed to Akron and its surroundings for years. In 2015, he announced an initiative that would allow more than 1,000 children to attend college.
LeBron also funded the "Wheels for Education" program, launched in 2011, which provides school children with school supplies, computers and bicycles in a system designed to motivate children to do their homework and get high grades.
Are there pictures of the school?
Absolutely, and it looks amazing.