Today marked what LeBron James dubbed as one of, if not the greatest day of his life. LeBron along with the LeBron James Foundation and Akron Public Schools launched the iPromise School for at-risk youth in LBJ's hometown of Akron, OH.
The school serves 240 students serves and acts as an extension of the LeBron James Foundation's work within his hometown community. The I Promise School operates on a longer academic calendar and uses that time to bring kids up to speed with state and national academic standards. The school also offers a food bank for families where parents can pick out what foods they'd like to prepare at home. Students are also provided bicycles as part of their attendance.
Principal Brandi Davis told the Los Angeles Times:
“I think the missing link in public education is that family wraparound support,” said Brandi Davis, the school’s principal. “Because our students come to school and they’re worried about things at home. … We want to create that safe, that secure and that caring and loving environment for our families and our students so that our kids can focus on education.”
The LeBron James Foundation adds the I Promise School to a list of philanthropic work in the Akron community which includes an initiative that will send 1,000 local youth to college for free.