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LeBron James opens school that is completely free in his hometown

LeBron James may be a Los Angeles Laker, but Akron, Ohio, will always be home as he has opened a completely free school in his hometown.

On Monday, before heading to California, LeBron James unveiled his I Promise School, which will benefit at-risk students.

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It is public and part of Akron Public Schools, which paid $2.9 million from its general fund for the cost of most benefits, salaries, supplies and essential elements for the school, according to Akron Beacon Journal.

James’ I Promise School built in Akron, Ohio, opened on Monday July 30th. The school will provide everything for free, including;

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  • Free tuition
  • Free uniforms
  • Free bicycle and helmet
  • Free transportation within 2 miles
  • Free breakfast, lunch, and snacks
  • Free pantry for families
  • Job placement services for parents
  • Guaranteed tuition to the University of Akron for every student who graduates.

The public school is considered the first of its kind and will serve low-income and at-risk students in Lebron’s hometown.

Lebron has done a lot to give back to his community but the I Promise School will be King James’ crown jewel. The 240-person population of third- and fourth-graders is made up of students “identified by Akron Public Schools as behind in critical academic areas and other factors.”

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He insisted that his institution be a public school, as he could relate to the pitfalls that Akron youth must face.

Impressively, the school boasts a 20-to-1 student-teacher ratio, year-round programming and a 9-to-5 school day to keep its children engaged.

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