Making a difference.
Chance the Rapper announced on Monday that he plans to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Following a disappointing meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last Friday about school funding, the Grammy Award winner has decided to address the issue himself.
During a press conference at Oliver S. Westcott Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side, the 23-year-old musician said: “Today I’m proud to announce that I am donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enriching programming. I’m excited to share that this donation was made possible by my fans.”
— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) March 6, 2017
Last week, Chance the Rapper walked away from his talk with Rauner feeling “frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction.” He explained: “Governor Rauner can use his executive power to give Chicago’s children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn.”
In a statement, school district spokesperson Emily Bittner said: “As a CPS graduate, Chance has shown Chicago students not only the heights they can achieve but the generosity they can share. We also appreciate his strong advocacy for Chicago schoolchildren, who suffer under the state’s discriminatory system of funding, which Gov. Rauner continues to perpetuate.”
When asked why he was making the donation, the Chicago-bred rapper responded, “Cause it’s what’s right.” Needless to say, people are super impressed by Chance’s actions:
this just gave me goosebumps…
NO ARTIST IN MUSIC TODAY IS DOING WHAT CHANCE IS DOING FOR THE YOUTH OF CHICAGO https://t.co/cIbYUk6Ljm
— CEO of @Starbucks (@1DENlS) March 6, 2017
CHANCE THE RAPPER IS AN AMERICAN HERO
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) March 6, 2017
— Darren Johnston (@DarrenEdward) March 6, 2017
Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 6, 2017