Residents in Lebron James hometown of Akron, Ohio, experienced how great LeBron is first hand this week, when his “I Promise” school opened its doors to 240 at-risk third- and fourth-graders. The school, a project of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, provides students with a slew of awesome perks.
According to James, in addition to attending a school run by The King, students will also receive:
* Free tuition
* Free uniforms
* Free breakfast, lunch and snacks
* Free transportation within 2 miles
* A free bicycle and helmet
* Access to a food pantry for their family
* Guaranteed tuition for all graduates to the University of Akron
Even better the parents of students will receive access to job placement services and help acquiring their GEDs.
The school’s curriculum was crafted with the help of Akron County educators, who say they’ve long seen their students underperforming in the classroom. There will be a focus on hands-on STEM education, with an emphasis on developing problem-solving skills, according to the foundation website.
Students will also have a later start time for school days and more staggered breaks in order to promote year-round education.
The school is currently open only to third- and fourth-grade students, classes will expand from first to eighth grade by 2022, James told CNN in a recent interview.