Chance the Rapper Raises $2.2 Million for Chicago Public Schools [VIDEO]
With the start of the school season officially starting next week, Chance the Rapper has come through with his promise to raise money for the financially-strapped Chicago Public Schools.
On Friday (Sept. 2), the Grammy-winning rapper announced that he will donate $2.2 million to 20 CPS via his non-profit organization, Social Works.
“As a parent and proud product of CPS, I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts,” said Chance via a press release. “Over the past month, I’ve crisscrossed the city, from Chatham to Chinatown, Humboldt Park to Hyde Park, visiting students and one thing is clear: if we invest in Chicago’s children, we’ll change the world.”
All twenty schools will receive $100,000 over the next three years. Most of the monies will go to fund music programs, digital arts, dance classes and theater training at various local schools.
"We wanted to share these funds with as many schools as possible, while also ensuring that each school would receive enough to have a real impact and make a real difference," said Chance.
In addition, principals from each school will meet with one another and team members from Social Works to discuss way to improve the arts programs in their schools.
For a list of the 20 Chicago Public Schools who will receive funding, head over to NBC Chicago.