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Chicago Public School Students Write Open Letter Thanking Chance the Rapper for $1 Million Donation

Chance The Rapper announces a gift of $1 million to the Chicago Public School Foundation during a news conference at the Westcott Elementary School, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Chicago. The Grammy-winning artist is calling on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to use executive powers to better fund Chicago Public Schools. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper donated a million dollars to Chicago Public Schools on March 6, following major funding and budget cuts for public schools in the city — giving students a chance to reach their fullest academic potential, while at the same time inspiring a generation of kids who are watching their music idol’s every move.

As a product of CPS, stressing that our schools need funding more than ever is extremely crucial, and while violence is frighteningly high in Chicago, kids need more creative outlets and doors opened, not shut.

In an open letter to Chance the Rapper, three Hispanic CPS 10th graders from Lake View High School thank the rapper for his continuous support of Chicago students. 

First and foremost, we as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools. As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.

After you gave CPS the push that was needed to help give us students what we deserve, you encouraged other celebrities such as Derrick Rose to do so as well. If this goes on, CPS could be saved and our schools could receive the best educational experience we are worthy of. You are one of the reasons this can be made possible.

All of the things that you do for our city never go unnoticed. All of the free concerts you host and all the time you spend here in the city really show you care. We notice it. We look up to you because the fame usually takes humility away from artists, but it hasn’t changed you.

There are many big celebrities from Chicago, but you are one of the few that really give back. It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here. This is why you are an inspiration to us. We appreciate you for not only representing us through your music, but also through your actions.

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SOURCE: Billboard
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