LEBRON JAMES TAKES PHILANTROPHY TO ANOTHER LEVEL WITH NEW SCHOOL
On Monday, LeBron James opened his I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The school is designed to help some of the area’s students who are poor and struggling with learning, as well as offer educational, career, and emotional support for parents.
“We are going to be that groundbreaking school that will be a nationally recognized model for urban and public school excellence,” I Promise principal Brandi Davis said, according to USA Today “We are letting people know it is about true wraparound support, true family integration, and true compassion.”
The school — a partnership between Akron Public Schools and the Lebron James Family Foundation — is currently serving 240 third- and fourth-graders, with plans to expand to second and fifth grade next year, according to the foundation. By 2022, the school plans to have students in first through eighth grades. It specifically targets students who are at-risk in reading and who have been identified as needing additional academic intervention before they fall further behind their peers, the Foundation says.
“Looking at reading data, we identified students who were a year, two years behind in reading,” Keith Liechty, the Akron Public Schools liaison to James’s foundation, told USA Today. “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 concept is definitely new, and it has potential, Erin Casey, PhD, an assistant professor of elementary education at Louisiana State University, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. She especially likes the concept of promises that the school utilizes, namely that kids promise to try to work hard and do their best so that they can graduate from high school. “Promises represent the ultimate form of goal-setting,” she says. In many children whose parents didn’t graduate high school, goals like getting your homework done every day or aiming to graduate aren’t necessarily spoken of, Casey says. “These little goals add up to bigger accomplishments later in life,” she says.
Yougetmouth says: This is such a commendable feat by Lebron who is using his God given wealth to touch the lives of the less privileged in his community. The basket ball star has sunk close to 200Million dollars in Personal wealth to bring this to life. This makes all the schools built by the Big churches in Nigeria look bad. Instead of building schools like this that the poor can attend, they price it out of the reach of the poor..My respect for Lebron James has just gone 1 step higher