Amanda Fitzpatrick, NBCDFW.com
The KIPP Truth Academy keeps its students on the right path. The new-style learning academy boasts 30 percent more learning time than surrounding schools and said 90 percent of its first graduating class will go to college.
Kidd said it's a blessing to be able to help make dreams come true.
The Mavericks point guard said that "seeing something positive, giving inner-city kids a chance to move on and be successful" is one way he can contribute to society.
He plans to make another major donation to the school after hosting a celebrity casino night.
KIPP said 95 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The students are also surrounded by a neighborhood in which less than 10 percent of residents have earned college degrees.
Michael Edwards, is one of three triplets who attend KIPP's academy. He said he plans to go to college and has already been accepted into top private high schools in the area.
He and his siblings are all on the honor roll.
"Other kids look back and say, 'How did you get to where you are? You come from the same neighborhood. You're doing the same things outside of school. What is it that makes you so different?'" said his mother, Monique Edwards.
Edwards, a single mother of seven, said the teachers and staff who care for the 300 children at the academy have kept her children on the right path.
The KIPP Academy is accepting students for the next school year. The deadline is March 31.
For more information, visit KIPPTRUTH.org.