The opening of LeBron James' new school shows that he is truly for the youth.
The I Promise School will provide education and essential support for Akron kids to succeed in life. In addition, parents of the children will also receive education, career and emotional support.
“We are going to be that groundbreaking school that will be a nationally recognized model for urban and public school excellence,” I Promise principal and Akron native Brandi Davis said via USA Today. “We are letting people know it is about true wrap-around support, true family integration and true compassion.”
The new school, which is part of the Akron Public Schools, opened Monday for 240 third to fourth-graders. The school aims to expand year-by-year so by 2022 it will include grades 1-8.
LeBron speaks about how excited he is to open up a new school in his hometown. https://t.co/qkxzR3RK7r
“Looking at reading data, we identified students who were a year, two years behind in reading,” said Keith Liechty, the Akron Public Schools’ liaison to James’ foundation. “From that, we had more than 120 kids. We had to put a cap on it so we could fit under one roof. We did a random selection of all students who met that criteria and got to make these awesome phone calls to parents and say, ‘How would you like to be part of something different, the I Promise School.”
The school is in partnership with both Akron and LeBron James Family foundation.
No matter if you like or hate LeBron, you cannot deny how much he's truly done for the youth, especially black kids.