Chance The Rapper raises $2.2M for 20 Chicago Schools
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Chance The Rapper Raises $2.2 Million For Chicago Schools

Talk about a hometown hero!

On Friday, Chance The Rapper announced his non-profit organization, SocialWorks, has raised $2.2 million that will be distributed to 20 Chicago public schools.

Via ABC 7:

“Funding for public schools is the single most important investment a community can make,” said 24-year-old Chance the Rapper.

At the Harold Washington Cultural Center on Friday afternoon, 20 CPS principals joined the artist, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, and his non-profit SocialWorks to make the announcement.

“These schools will receive $100,000 over the next three years with budgeting and staffing and guidance provided by CPS and Ingenuity,” said Chance.

The principals of the 20 schools only recently found out they’d been selected based on their schools’ needs and their budgetary restrictions. One of the reasons these particular schools were selected is because of the innovation of the individual principals. They’ve come up with ways to use this newly-found cash to go a step beyond the basics and provide exciting experiences for their students.

“As a parent and proud product of CPS, I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences that include the arts,” Chance said in a statement. “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.”

Principals from the 20 schools that were selected committed to funding fully-staffed arts programs at their school for the length of the grant. Each school will receive $100,000 over the next three years.

SocialWorks, in partnership with CPS and arts education advocacy organization Ingenuity, created the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund to bring arts education to schools where budgets have been cut.

The fund’s goal is strengthen arts curriculum, provide materials to students, encourage enrichment opportunities and hold CPS accountable for maintaining standards for the programs.

Anyone else peep Chance rocked the Steve Job‘s uniform for his great announcement?

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Watch the full summit below.

Kudos to Chance The Rapper for making a difference!

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