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Famed Basketball Coach to Open Life-Skills School

on March 2, 2009

The basketball coach who inspired the movie "Coach Carter" is funding a school in Texas that will prepare students for life.

Ken Carter finished rehabilitating a 37,000-square foot building in the small town of Marlin and plans to open the doors in May, he said. Ironically, the school sits on 7 acres in the historic district on Carter Street, named after a family who lived in the town in the 1800s.

Initially, the school will serve sixth- through ninth- graders. As students move up, Carter will add a high school grade each year. The students will go to school for 12 hours, which will help keep them out of trouble and into constructive activities. He said he wants to teach kids about business, ethics and life skills.

"When I say life skills, I mean actually producing a product, going out and marketing the product; knowing how to buy the raw goods," Carter said. "We're going to take the business from the very beginning to the end."

In addition to basic curriculum, the students will learn how to make a business plan for a business they want to start, like silk screen printing. These kids will start owning businesses at the age of 12 or 13 and learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur in small classes, Carter said.

"We're going to teach them how to earn a living, not how to make money, because the only people who can make money work in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. mint."

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