AKRON, Ohio – LaZurae Gary was already thrilled when she made the honor roll as a fifth grader, but when she got a tweet directly from LeBron James, that was the icing on the cake for the Akron student.

Part of it read, “I’m so proud of you for making the honor roll again. It seems like it was just yesterday that you and your classmates were here with me in Miami. Now it looks like you’re the MVP.”

Gary, 11, is part of the Wheels for Education program and the I PROMISE Network operated through the LeBron James Foundation.

When she started the program as a third grader, she received a new bicycle. Last spring, she was part of a group of students who were flown to Miami to witness James’s MVP ceremony. Most recently, the foundation paid for her to join a golf club.

The goal of the programs is to encourage kids to stay in school and increase Akron graduation rates.

For Gary, taking the promise seriously has paid off, improving her reading and math skills.

“It made a really big difference because I’ve been on the honor roll three times.



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