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Chance The Rapper donates $1 million to Chicago schools

HELPING HAND: Chance The Rapper

IF YOU didn't already love Chance The Rapper for his music, personality and inspirational success, than you're sure to be inspired by his activism and dedication to his hometown of Chicago.

The rapper has donated $1 million to Chicago public schools, announcing the news during a press conference at Oliver S. Westcott Elementary School.

Chance spoke on the effects of the lack of funding, saying that public schools would end 13 days early putting “Chicago’s most valuable resource” at risk of unsupervised activities.

The donation was made possible with the additional support of Live Nation, AEG, and Ticketmaster as well the many independent companies that contributed.

Alongside this large donation, Chance also announced that for every $100,000 raised, Social Works will donate $10,000 to a specific high school or elementary school in Chicago.

The rapper also revealed that fellow Chicago rapper, Common reached out and they have scheduled a time to discuss the initiative further.

Michelle Obama praised the artist for his donation, saying to him: “You are an example of the power of arts education.”

Chance’s donation comes days after he met the Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, to discuss the financial problems facing the third-largest school district in the US.

Chicago is currently facing a shortfall in its school budget after Rauner vetoed a bill delegating $215m in pension relief to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), prioritising a pension reform instead.

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