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New Bezos Academy opening in Pine Hills

The Village on Mercy, an affordable apartment complex near Pine Hills, has been selected by the Bezos Academy as the site of its first preschool in Florida.

Started by Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon, The Bezos Academy preschool will provide Montessori-style education for approximately 40 kids from the surrounding neighborhood. Bezos Academy and the non-profit organization Ability Housing agreed on a 10-year commitment to transform part of the Village on Mercy Apartment community into a free preschool. Ability Housing builds affordable apartments for families across Florida who can't afford them.

Administrators say the Bezos Academy is footing the entire cost of upgrading and renovating the space into the new classrooms. Families earning up to 400% of the federal poverty limit with children ages 3-4 will be eligible to apply. More information on the application to the lottery-based selection process will be released once the school's opening date is set.

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