Popular musician and rapper Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, revealed in the month of March that he would be donating a total of $1 million to numerous Chicago Public Schools. The rapper made the announcement during a news conference at Westcott Elementary School, which sits a few blocks away from where he grew up. The sum of the donation will support the arts and after-school programming.
Public schools in USA are primarily government funded and are instrumental in formulating an equal level of education for all. Many public schools bring about stellar students but often, the lack of funds has abruptly stopped the pace of these exemplary kids. I’m honoured to make this donation to Chicago Public Schools Foundation and help cultivate Chicago’s creative minds. I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts.” Chance said to The New York Times. Chance’s donation will start with $10,000 going to 10 different public elementary schools, with Westcott being the first to receive a check. “It just opened up a whole new world for Westcott and its students,” said principal Monique Dockery in an interview with The New York Times. “We focus a lot on reading and math and the core subjects, and yet we have some very talented students who can go beyond that.” To keep the flow of donations going, Chance announced that for every $100,000 raised, his organization, Social Works Chicago, will donate an additional $10,000, eventually raising $1 million.
“This check that I donated is a ‘call-to-action.’ I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and all across the U.S. to donate and to take action,” he said, adding. “The CPS students have spoken, and would like corporations to invest in them as we have invested in their businesses.” Chance’s efforts were also appreciated by the Former First Lady Michelle Obama. “This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids,” Chance said. “Everybody and their mama knows what’s going on in Chicago. We’re about to enhance the conversation on supporting and funding the education of the kids in Chicago.”
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