Just got back from Mason elementary school where hometown hero LeBron James was warmly welcomed and thanked by Akron third graders for his investment in their education.
"Mr. LeBron" read the Dr. Seuss classic: "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" to the third graders who scooted closer on the gym floor to be near the NBA star. Helpers turned the pages of an enormous edition of the book behind him so everyone could follow along.
LeBron may have taken his talents to South Beach, but he's become the most famous cheerleader for Akron Public Schools.
Last fall, the LeBron James Family Foundation gave Akron Public Schools 1,000 computers for students to use both during classes and in the district's after-school programs.
And this past summer, James replaced his annual King for Kids Bikeathon with Wheels for Education, a program that focuses more on academics. Under the new initiative, 342 third graders received a bicycle, a new laptop computer and a backpack stuffed with school supplies and participated in a two-week educational camp.