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NBA star donates $250K to help school kids

Words by Tess Becker

Changing schools is already difficult enough for most kids. But others face struggles beyond making new friends. Some don’t have the resources to get new uniforms, which became a reality in Louisiana after restructuring forced many, often from marginalized communities, to switch schools. Thankfully, NBA star Zion Williamson stepped in to help them.

Zion gave back to the community around Jefferson Parish, Louisiana - home to his team, the New Orleans Pelicans. He donated $250,000 to students there as part of their Summer Bridge program. 

The money will go toward helping students purchase school uniforms needed after consolidations forced them to change schools.

The Summer Bridge program offers free academic support focused on helping marginalized kids catch up and even jump ahead with their studies. 

“We are going to be working with our kids to understand important things like grit, perseverance and stamina. we want them to learn to work through problems,” Superintendent Dr. James Gray said.

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Beacon Food Forest. This is one of the largest food forests in the country. Find out more and support them here

Step Up for Students. They help provide funding to students in Florida trying to attend secondary education. Check them out.

Cultural Survival. They are an indigenous-led nonprofit focused on empowering indigenous Americans and helping the planet. Find out more

This article aligns with the UN SDG Quality Education.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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