SCHOOL : LeBron James has opens new public school in Akron: ‘One of the greatest moments’ of his life
LeBron James’ new school is much more than a school.
Of course, it meets the basic definition, but James My Promise School will not only help educate and support Akron’s most challenged students, but also provide parents with educational, professional, and emotional support.
“We will be a groundbreaking school, and it will be a nationally recognized example of excellence in cities and public schools,” said Brandi Davis, principal of I Promise and Akron native. Know that this is true full support, true family integration and true compassion. ”
I Promise School is affiliated with Akron Public Schools and is open to 240 third and fourth grade students on Monday. The school will expand year by year, and it will reach the second and fifth grade next year, and reach grades 1-8 until 2022.
“According to reading data, we identified students who were one year behind and two years behind in reading,” said Keith Liechty, contact person at the Akron Public School and the James Foundation. “Since then, we have more than 120 children.
We have to put a hat on it so we can fit under a roof. We randomly selected all eligible students, then called our parents and said, “Do you want to be part of the I Promise school?”
The school is a partnership between Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation, an idea that started a few years ago when James and his foundation’s leaders planned the next step Work hard to help students.
The school’s name derives from a basic roadmap for students who commit to school, do their homework, listen to teachers, ask questions, find answers, respect others and lead healthy lives.
Starting a new public school was not easy without population growth or rapid development in one area, but even if Akron closed other schools, James did not allow any obstacles.
On Sunday, James wrote on Twitter: “The tension before the first day of school is now real !!! When we opened #IPROMISE school, tomorrow will be the greatest moment of my life (if not the best Moment). This scrawny kid from Akron missed 83 days of study in the fourth grade, and he had a big dream. ”
James is praised for his outstanding performance on the court, and his foundation will be his greatest enduring achievement-his life’s work is much more important than basketball.
In a way, the I Promise School is modeled after James’ childhood only more organized and professional. As kid, James, who attended Akron Public Schools for eight years, and his mom, Gloria James, had help from the community – people who looked after them and made sure they got what they needed.
Michele Campbell, the executive director of James’ foundation, teared up Sunday when describing what the new school means.
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“LeBron missed a lot of school in the fourth grade. It’s well-documented,” Campbell said. “We all know which path he took. He took the right path with some very good people around him and now we know him as the world’s best basketball player.
He could’ve taken the other road, and we would’ve never known LeBron James. He would’ve been a statistic like a lot of students who drop out of school.
“Every one of these kids, maybe they don’t become LeBron James on the basketball court, but they become the LeBron James of their passion and dream in life. We’re coming to them at a time when people came to LeBron and Gloria and wrapped around them and believed in them before he was this great basketball player.”
The building is a renovated school, coincidentally located just down the street from St. Vincent-St. Mary, where James attended high school. School officials didn’t have access to the building until seven weeks ago, and staff have been working seven days a week to get the school ready for Monday’s opening.
The entrance to the school features a split staircase with the IPS and LeBron James Family Foundation logos. High on the walls at the entrance are 114 sneakers worn by James. The corresponding pair will be sold by Upper Deck and proceeds will help fund the school and the foundation.
The bottom floor of the building features a mural of James, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens and Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m a black student-athlete turned physician who has seen the lack of black men in medicine, firsthand, but with new attitude, as demonstrated by @KingJames & the @LJFamFoundation with @IPROMISESchool the future is promising! #LeBronJames #IPromiseSchool
— Jason Campbell MD MS (@DrJCoftheDC) December 28, 2018
The walls of the school are lined with photos of James and children at foundation events. Students will be stocked with school supplies, and teachers will have the tools they need, including a faculty lounge stocked with snacks and beverages and access to workout trainers.
The classrooms will hold 20 students for every teacher, and 12 teachers have been hired for the 2018-19 school year.
There are 43 academic staffers, including a principal, assistant principal, four intervention specialists, tutor, English as a second language teacher, music instructor and a gym teacher.
IPS is a certified STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) school.
The school day is long – 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and so is the school year, lasting July 30-May 17 – and there will be a seven-week summer school.
Students will be served breakfast, lunch and a snack daily.
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source : usatoday.