Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Chance the Rapper Donating $2.2M to 20 CPS Schools

Chance the Rapper announces a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools on March 6 at Westcott Elementary School in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood Chance the Rapper Donating $2.2M to 20 CPS Schools
Stacy Diaz | 03 September, 2017, 02:35

He personally donated $1 million to under-funded Chicago public schools following a disappointing meeting with the Governor of IL.

Chance visited Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago to announce that the funds raised by his non-profit organization SocialWorks will go to 20 CPS schools to help with staff and budgets.

Over the last few years, Chance The Rapper has become one of America's-and, specifically, Chicago's-loudest, most tireless advocates for teachers and public schools, raising millions in funding for Chicago-area education and funding numerous programs through his SocialWorks nonprofit.

He said it's time for everyone to step up and support arts education.

Chance - wearing a Steve Job-inspired ensemble of jeans and a turtleneck, with, naturally, a black 3 cap to match - told the crowd at the first SocialWorks Summit on September 1 that they'd racked up that huge sum for the public schools of Chicago.

The donations will be spread be 20 schools in the Chicago public school system, with each school receiving $100,000 over the course of three years. But the "most important" criterion, Chance said, was the amount of "determination and vision" school principals displayed for their arts programming.

See what schools are getting donations and how they'll be used below. "We can't get people in the General Assembly to get their act together to get these schools a budget, and he says, 'I'm not going to wait for that".

But the second thing is his young daughter, Kensli, who will soon be starting her own education.

Principal Antonio Acevedo will transform a little-used classroom at the Whittier School into a ceramics studio.