Chance The Rapper Raises $2.2 Million For Chicago Public Schools
On Friday morning, Chance The Rapper held a press conference at the Harold Washington Cultural Center's auditorium in Chicago, announcing that he had raised $2.2 million for 20 local public schools.
Chance, who was rocking a Steve Jobs-inspired look — black turtleneck, blue jeans — told the audience:
"Every contribution...brings this city and this nation closer to providing a well-rounded quality education for each and every child...Funding quality education for public [school] students is the most important investment a community can make.”
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Each school will receive $100,000 over the span of three years, with that money going to the arts.
So how were the 20 schools chosen? According to Chance, the schools were weighted on their CPS ratings; how much budget cuts affected the school; and what kind of "determination and vision" the schools' arts programming had.
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Principals of the schools that won will get assistance from Ingenuity, an advocacy organization based in Chicago, and SocialWorks, Chance's nonprofit organization.
This act of generosity has been months in the making. Back in March, Chance announced his attentions to help public schools when he donated $1 million of the 2.2. million to various schools.
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\u201cSocialWorks Summit https://t.co/X1wwp3ddJj\u201d— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper) 1504297977