Chance The Rapper Donates $1 Million To Chicago Public Schools
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:13:19
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Yesterday, Chance the Rapper announced that he will be donating one million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation "for arts and enrichment programming."
Just a few days ago, the Coloring Book artist met the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss a lack of funding for the Chicago Public School (CPS) systems. After, he told reporters and students, "The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and since has called me over the weekend." He added, "Gov. Rauner still won't commit to giving Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums."
Chance began his efforts after Rauner vetoed a bill that was set to delegate $215 million in funding to CPS. It's been reported that this may lead to thousands of staff being laid off, or 13 days being cut from the school year, which might sound great to kids, but in reality most certainly is not. Chance explains, "This means over 380,000 kids will not have adult-supervised activities in June and could possibly be put in harm's way."
On top of the rapper's $1 million, an organization Chance created last year, Social Works, a local non-profit organization, will match every $100,000 raised for the CPS with an additional $10,000 to be allocated for specific Chicago public schools. Donations can be made on the charity website. Chance will also give out 10 additional $10,000 donations to select local schools, including Westcott Elementary.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama has taken to Twitter to thank Chance, "Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff