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LeBron James Family Foundation teams up with Panera Bread for I PROMISE School fundraiser

'In Northeast Ohio, we take care of each other. LeBron gets that, and so do we. We are family.'

AKRON, Ohio -- Panera Bread is joining forces with Akron’s biggest hero.

Covelli Enterprises – the Ohio-based largest franchisee of Panera -- has partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation to raise money for the new I PROMISE School.

The partnership encompasses a month-long promotion through which Panera will match dollar for dollar any donation made at any one of its nearly 50 bakery-cafés in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton areas.

The LJFF will appear on the Community Breadbox donation collection canisters at each of these locations during the month of June as part of the Covelli Cares community support program.

The funds will support the LJFF’s I PROMISE School designed in partnership with Akron Public Schools for at-risk public school students. The school will expand on the work of the LJFF’s I PROMISE program, which targets students in need and provides them with resources including mentoring, hands-on experiences and after-school help.

“We are a Northeast Ohio company, so it means the world to us to do what we can do make a difference for our communities right here at home,” said Sam Covelli, Owner/Operator of Covelli Enterprises. “We are incredibly proud to be able to support the work of the LeBron James Family Foundation, and we can’t wait to see the I PROMISE School come to fruition for the kids who need it most. In Northeast Ohio, we take care of each other. LeBron gets that, and so do we. We are family.”

The school plans to take APS’s rigorous curriculum and infuse it with a STEM, hands-on, problem-based learning focus along with LJFF’s “We Are Family” philosophy to educate the whole child and provide complete wraparound supports for its students and their families.

The I Promise School will open fall of 2018 starting with third and fourth grade classes and adding first and second grades the following year. By 2022, the school will be complete with first through eighth grades.