Chance the Rapper raises $2.2 for Chicago Public Schools
Chance the Rapper had already done more than most have for Chicago Public Schools when he donated $1 million for the education system that raised him—but he was far from done.
The Chicago rapper held a process conference this weekend to announce that he’s raised a total of $2.2 million for CPS. The current plan is to donate $100,000 to a list of elementary and high schools over the next three years, according to The Chicago Tribune.
“Quality education for public schools is the most important investment a community can make,” Chance said.
Chance has long been a supporter for CPS and even met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss a plan for the school system and left noticeably frustrated after no middle ground could be found.
$1 million of the funds raised so far came directly from Chance the Rapper and another $1 million was matched by the Chicago Bulls. Principals from the selected schools have agreed to use the funds to bolster arts programs that they and Chance both agree could help create bright futures for the students who attend schools in some of the city’s most violent neighborhoods.
“Each conversation, every contribution, every tweet brings this city and the nation a step closer to providing a well-rounded, quality education for each and every child,” Chance said.
“Because despite the headlines we read and the stories we hear about kids in Chicago, and Atlanta, and Baltimore and Philadelphia, despite all these stories in so many cities across the nation, we also see beacons of hope.”