Jeff Bezos's first free preschool backed by his philanthropic fund to open on Oct 19

He said that the schools would "use the same set of principles that have driven Amazon."

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The opening comes two years after Bezos announced the creation of a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and launch preschools in low-income communities, committing an initial $2 billion.
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SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said Tuesday that the first free preschool backed by his philanthropic fund will open next month to disadvantaged children in the US internet giant's home state.

Bezos posted a photo of a new classroom with children's books on shelves and carpets on the floor on Instagram, saying the first Bezos Academy set to open on October 19 is just the beginning.

"This one in Des Moines (Washington) is the first of many free preschools that we'll be opening for underserved children," Bezos said in the post.


"Extra kudos to the team for figuring out how to make this happen even amidst Covid, and to Wesley Homes for stepping up with the facility."


The academy will make its debut as schools throughout the US rely on remote-teaching and grapple with how to safely get children back into classrooms during the pandemic.

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The opening comes two years after billionaire Bezos announced the creation of a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and launch preschools in low-income communities, committing an initial $2 billion.

The "Bezos Day One Fund" created by Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie will focus on two areas: helping "existing nonprofits that help homeless families" and funding "a network of new, nonprofit, tier-one preschools in low-income communities," he wrote.

The fund aims to launch and operate "a network of high-quality, full-scholarship, Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities," according to Bezos.

Bezos has said early childhood education is a critical area and that "the money spent there is going to pay gigantic dividends for decades."

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He said when the foundation was established that the schools would "use the same set of principles that have driven Amazon" and that "the child will be the customer."

Bezos, the world's richest person with a net worth soaring as high as $190 billion from his Amazon stake, had previously asked Twitter users for ideas on philanthropic causes.

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Jeff Bezos & Lauren Sanchez Bond With Bollywood; SRK Does A 'Don' Moment
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The world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez in tow, met the who's who of the film fraternity at an Amazon Prime Video event in a Mumbai's luxurious hotel on Thursday night.



Bollywood stars and directors like Shah Rukh Khan, Zoya Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar, Kamal Haasan, among others, graced the event.



The Amazon CEO has been making news with his visit to Rajghat and tribute to Mahatma Gandhi during his three-day India trip.



Here's a quick look at all the B-town celebrities who met Bezos.

The world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez in tow, met the who's who of the film fraternity at an Amazon Prime Video event in a Mumbai's luxurious hotel on Thursday night..
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Jeff Bezos (R) took part in a fireside chat with King Khan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan (L), and director Zoya Akhtar (C). SRK took to social media to share an image with the Amazon co-founder of the 'fun and learning' event. He emphasised on the words 'Zordaar' (powerful) and 'Zabardast' (fabulous) to describe the evening.

Khan looked dapper in a black, three-piece suit, and Akhtar paired her shocking-pink dress with a long, black coat.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh (not picture) had shared an image on Twitter where SRK was seen making Bezos try his hand at a popular 'Don' dialogue.

Also see: When SRK made Jeff Bezos try his hand at 'Don' dialogue

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Jeff Bezos (R) took part in a fireside chat with King Khan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan (L), and director Zoya Akhtar (C). SRK took to social media to share an image with the Amazon co-founder of the..
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All eyes were on Jeff Bezos as he walked the blue caret with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez during the star-studdent event in Mumbai for his three-day India visit.



The Amazon CEO made a royal arrival in his white-and-black, textured blazer, while his lady love dazzled in a shimmering, red-and-black gown with giraffe-print, a plunging neckline and sheer sleeves.



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All eyes were on Jeff Bezos as he walked the blue caret with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez during the star-studdent event in Mumbai for his three-day India visit.The Amazon CEO made a royal arrival i..
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Actor Farhan Akhtar and singer-girlfriend Shibani Dandekar were twinning in black for the big night. The 'Rock On' star went for a desi twist with a black kurta and Nehru jacket, while Dandekar opted for a assymetric, off-shoulder dress with animal-print boots for the evening.

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Actor Farhan Akhtar and singer-girlfriend Shibani Dandekar were twinning in black for the big night. The 'Rock On' star went for a desi twist with a black kurta and Nehru jacket, while Dandekar opted..
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Actor Vidya Balan attended the Amazon event with and her producer-husband Siddharth Roy Kapur.

The 'Kahani' star looked refreshing in a floral-print saree, and the Roy Kapur Films founder looked sharp in an all-black ensemble.

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Actor Vidya Balan attended the Amazon event with and her producer-husband Siddharth Roy Kapur. The 'Kahani' star looked refreshing in a floral-print saree, and the Roy Kapur Films founder looked sh..
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Veteran actor Kamal Haasan took a break from politics for the big Bollywood night in the financial capital of India.

The actor-turned-politician sported an athletic look in a black jacket, matching joggers and sports shoes.

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Veteran actor Kamal Haasan took a break from politics for the big Bollywood night in the financial capital of India. The actor-turned-politician sported an athletic look in a black jacket, matching ..
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The madly-in-love Deshmukhs for a whiff of fresh air.

Ritesh Deshmukh opted for a velvet, blue suit by Raghavendra Rathore with a bow-tie, and his actress-wife Genelia looked like a diva in a short, black dress by MéRo with multi-coloured, puffy, long sleeves.

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The madly-in-love Deshmukhs for a whiff of fresh air. Ritesh Deshmukh opted for a velvet, blue suit by Raghavendra Rathore with a bow-tie, and his actress-wife Genelia looked like a diva in a short,..
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The Mumbai event was a big night for couples.

Arshad Warsi (2nd L) with wife Maria Goretti (L), and Vivek Oberoi (2nd R) along with wife Priyanka Alva Oberoi (R) posed hand-in-hand for the shutterbugs.

While the men opted for black tailored suits, the ladies looked stunning in shades of white.

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The Mumbai event was a big night for couples. Arshad Warsi (2nd L) with wife Maria Goretti (L), and Vivek Oberoi (2nd R) along with wife Priyanka Alva Oberoi (R) posed hand-in-hand for the shutterb..
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Actress Richa Chadda (L) and actor-boyfriend Ali Fazal (2nd L) colour-coordinated in blue for the party. While the 'Fukrey' star wore a shimmering blue outfit, Fazal opted for a blue three-piece suit and red-tinted glasses.

'83' Director Kabir Khan (R) attended the party with wife Mini Mathur (R). The film-maker ket it simple in a black suit, while his wife dazzled in a beige saree and a peplum blouse with floral print.

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Actress Richa Chadda (L) and actor-boyfriend Ali Fazal (2nd L) colour-coordinated in blue for the party. While the 'Fukrey' star wore a shimmering blue outfit, Fazal opted for a blue three-piece suit..
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Actor Rajkummar Rao (L) and actress-girlfriend Patralekha (R) were all smiles at the event. The 'Newton' actor looked dapper in an all-black ensemble, and the 'CityLights' star opted for an over-sized, beige jacket with a Louis Vuitton bag.

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Actor Rajkummar Rao (L) and actress-girlfriend Patralekha (R) were all smiles at the event. The 'Newton' actor looked dapper in an all-black ensemble, and the 'CityLights' star opted for an over-size..
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