Covelli Enterprises, the Ohio-based largest franchisee of Panera Bread, is partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation to help raise money for the foundation’s I Promise School opening in Akron.

Panera will match a portion of donations made for the school at its nearly 50 bakery-cafés in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton areas in June.

Customers can put donations in Community Breadbox donation collection canisters that are part of the Covelli Cares community support program.

The Community Breadbox canisters have been used to raise funds for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism and Harvest for Hunger, said Stephanie Roesch, regional marketing director for Covelli Enterprises, headquartered in Warren.

Covelli has more than 300 Panera Bread bakery-cafés in eight states.

After the donations are collected, the company will reveal how much it is contributing.

“We are a Northeast Ohio company, so it means the world to us to do what we can do to make a difference for our communities right here at home,” Covelli owner Sam Covelli said in a prepared statement.

“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.”

The I Promise School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools. It will open July 30 to 240 third- and fourth-graders in a temporary home at 400 W. Market St. By 2022-23, kids in first through eighth grades will attend the school.

The school is targeting kids who are at risk of falling behind their peers academically.

The curriculum will be infused with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and take into account the struggles and traumas in students’ lives while providing “social-emotional learning” and wraparound services for the kids and their families.

Beacon Journal staff writer Katie Byard contributed to this report.