Sunday, August 5, 2018

A school beyond all dreams

When basketball legend LeBron James was in 4th grade, he missed about 100 days of school because his life had no structure. Now he's done a favor for all the underprivileged kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He's the main donor to the I Promise School, which just opened. Here are some of its revolutionary features. The school will hold classes from 9 to 5 with extracurricular activities afterward. It will also include a seven week summer. camp.

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Students will all receive free breakfast, lunch and snacks, and there will be an on-site food bank. GED classes will be offered to parents. Students will learn how to cope with trauma. Every student gets a new Chromebook, and a new bicycle. The school currently serves 240 at-risk third and fourth graders, but will expand each year to eventually include grades one through eight. Why should kids stay in school instead of dropping out? James has promised to fund college tuition at Akron University for ALL students who complete the I Promise curriculum.

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