TOLEDO (WTOL) - The City of Toledo is taking strides at improving the education of its kids through a new program that won't cost taxpayers anything. The program is based solely on private donations.
The founder of this project has a special connection to Toledo.
Pete Kadens is from Northwest Ohio and believes in supporting students in Toledo. He is the former CEO of Green Thumb Industries and has made a living producing medical marijuana.
Kadens is now the founder of the HOPE Toledo fund and has worked alongside Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz to offer Pre-K for all families at no cost. The program will also support Toledo students throughout their college career.
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said he is grateful for Pete’s support and knows there are many giving people in Toledo who will follow in his footsteps.
"Regardless of what you think about him or his business, when someone has achieved a significant amount of wealth, which he has, there might be a temptation to hoard that money and to do selfish things with it. He has chosen very selflessly to share that money with the community he grew up in,” said Kapszukiewicz.
Pete said in order to make the city a better place you must stick with kids their entire life, which is the whole purpose of this campaign.
He and Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz hope to eventually raise $60 million.